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Resource ID: #26119
Subject: Sex offenders
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
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Date: Aug. 18-20, 2013; Sept. 20, 2013; Oct. 26, 2013; Dec. 17, 22 and 29, 2013.

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A 1999 Florida law passed after a 9-year-old boy was raped and murdered is supposed to protect the public by keeping the most dangerous sex predators locked up after their prison sentences end. But a Sun Sentinel investigation found the state's safeguards broke down at every stage, setting rapists and child molesters free to harm again. Investigative reporter Sally Kestin and database specialist Dana Williams mined multiple data sources, using the state's own records to reveal a horrific picture of recurring tragedy. The failures they uncovered prompted lawmakers to initiate the most comprehensive overhaul of Florida's sex offender laws in more than a decade.

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