The overwhelming majority of registered sex offenders remain in compliance with court-ordered sanctions. Studies have shown that when sex offenders know they are being monitored, they are less likely to commit new crimes. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management stands as the most effective strategy of preventing people convicted of sex crimes from re¬offending. The “Comprehensive Approach” involves members from multiple disciplines working in a collaborative effort to contain sex offenders as a means of ensuring victim and public safety and promoting offender accountability. The Sheriff’s Office partners with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Corrections, State Attorney’s Office, Putnam County School District and all municipal law enforcement agencies in Putnam County to ensure a successful comprehensive approach to sex offender management in Putnam County.

Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office closely monitor all registered sex offenders residing in Putnam County. Monitoring includes, but is not limited to:

• Confirmation of an offender’s address and annual registration compliance through in¬-person contact with the offender.
• Ensuring that the data contained in state and national offender databases is accurate.
• Conducting frequent home visits and other compliance verifications to ensure that convicted sex offenders are in compliance with court-ordered sanctions
• Conducting criminal investigations when non-compliance is suspected
• Obtaining arrest warrants and arresting non-compliant offenders
• Disseminating detailed information to residents, day care centers, schools and other governmental agencies regarding the location and status of all convicted sex offenders.

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Putnam County has no current specific ordinances
concerning sexual offenders/predators

Registration Information – location and times:

The Detective Bureau located at 120 Orie Griffin Blvd., Palatka, FL 32177
Next to the Sheriff’s Office
Registration and re-registration: Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)
8 – 11:30am and 1 – 4:30pm

Felony registrations at The jail facility at 130 Orie Griffin Blvd. (Felony registration only)

State of Florida registration information:

Click here for State of Florida offender/predator registration requirements

Click here for Florida sexual offender/predator FAQ

Offender Compliance

Unlawful Place of Residence Statute

UNLAWFUL PLACE OF RESIDENCE FOR PERSONS CONVICTED OF CERTAIN SEX OFFENSES PER FLORIDA STATUE 794.065

A person who has been convicted of a violation of s. 794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, s. 847.0135 or s. 847.0145, regardless of whether adjudication has been withheld, in which the victim of the offense was less than 16 years of age, may not reside within 1,000 feet of any school, child care facility, park, or playground. However, a person does not violate this subsection and may not be forced to relocate if he or she is living in a residence that meets the requirements of this subsection and a school, child care facility, park, or playground is subsequently established within 1.000 feet of his or her residence.
A person who violates this subsection and whose conviction under s. 794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, s. 847.0135 or s. 847.0145 was classified as a felony of the first degree or higher commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082 or s. 775.083. A person who violates this subsection and whose conviction under s. 794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, or s. 847.0145 was classified as a felony of the second or third degree commits a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
This subsection applies to any person convicted of a violation of s. 794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, s. 847.0145 or s. 847.0145 for offenses that occur on or after October 1, 2004, excluding persons who have been removed from the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator pursuant to s. 943.04354

A person who has been convicted of an offense in another jurisdiction that is similar to a violation of  s.794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, s. 847.0135 or s. 847.0145, regardless of whether adjudication has been withheld, in which the victim of the offense was less than 16 years of age, may not reside within 1,000 feet of any school, child care facility, park, or playground. However, a person does not violate this subsection and may not be forced to relocate if he or she is living in a residence that meets the requirements of this subsection and a school, child care facility, park, or playground is subsequently established within 1.000 feet of his or her residence.
A person who violates this subsection and whose conviction in another jurisdiction resulted in a penalty that is substantially similar to a felony of the first degree or higher commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 pt d. 775.083. A person who violates this subsection and whose conviction in another jurisdiction resulted in a penalty that is substantially similar to a felony of the second or third degree commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
This subsection applies to any person convicted of an offense in another jurisdiction that is similar to a violation of s.794.011, s.800.04, s. 827.071, s. 847.0135 or s. 847.0145, if such offense occurred on or after the effective date of this act, May 26, 2010, excluding persons who have been removed from the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator pursuant to s. 943.04354.