1998 Florida Code
TITLE XLVII CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 916 Mentally Deficient And Mentally Ill Defendants  
PART IV INVOLUNTARY CIVIL COMMITMENT FOR SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS (ss. 916.31-916.49)
916.37   Determination; commitment procedure; mistrials; housing.

1916.37  Determination; commitment procedure; mistrials; housing.--

(1)  The court or jury shall determine by clear and convincing evidence whether the person is a sexually violent predator. If the determination is made by a jury, the decision must be unanimous. If a majority of the jury finds that the person is a sexually violent predator, but the decision is not unanimous, the state attorney may refile the petition and proceed according to the provisions of ss. 916.31-916.49. Any retrial must occur within 90 days after the previous trial, unless the subsequent proceeding is continued in accordance with s. 916.36(2). The determination that a person is a sexually violent predator may be appealed.

(2)  If the court or jury determines that the person is a sexually violent predator, the person shall be committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services for control, care, and treatment until such time as the person's mental abnormality or personality disorder has so changed that it is safe for the person to be at large. At all times, sexually violent predators who are committed for control, care, and treatment by the Department of Children and Family Services under this section shall be kept in a secure facility segregated from patients who are not committed under this section.

History.--s. 9, ch. 98-64.

1Note.--Section 22, ch. 98-64, provides that "[t]he Department of Children and Family Services may contract with a private entity or state agency for use of and operations of facilities to comply with the requirements of this act. The Department of Children and Family Services may also contract with the Correctional Privatization Commission as defined in chapter 957 to issue a request for proposals and monitor contract compliance for these services."

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