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Hearings Needed on Sex-Offender Releases

When the South Florida Sun-Sentinel checked on how the Jimmy Ryce law was working -- the one that allows the state to detain violent sex offenders who are deemed a continuing threat to society --the reporters found a crisis. The state had released hundreds of predators who quickly struck again.

"The breakdown reflects a public safety disaster of epidemic proportions," the Sun-Sentinel editorial states.

It's not clear why state officials backed off on enforcing the law; the acting administrator of the Department of Children and Families said she will look into it. But this situation calls for an independent fact-finding commission, the newspaper said, and the governor and Legislature should see to it.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.