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Key Highlight: Florida's high rate of GPS for people with convictions for sexually related offenses.

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Florida has some of the strictest electronic monitoring laws for individuals with sex-related convictions. In 2015 there were more than 3,000 people with sexually based offenses on monitors, with an average time on the monitor of about five years. Florida was the first state to impose lifetime GPS for people with certain categories of sexually based offenses. This was part of Jessica’s Law passed in 2005. Forty-five other states have since adopted similar legislation.

Marissa Alexander spent three years in prison after being sentenced for firing warning shots at her abuser. Originally, she was sentenced to 20 years, but the court modified her sentence and put her on an electronic monitor for two years. She is free now.

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