Prison Releasee Reoffender Designation

If you are accused of certain crimes after recently being released from prison you may be designated as a Prison Releasee reoffender (PRR). Prison releasee reoffenders are defendants who have previously been sentenced to prison and within 3 years of their release from incarceration commit certain felony offenses. If a defendant is found guilty of one of these designated crimes then a judge is required to sentence them to the maximum statutory sentence. It is also important to understand that defendants serving prison releasee sentences do not receive time off for good behavior and must serve every day of their sentence.

Florida Statute 775.082 lists the crimes that trigger the PRR designation:

  1. Treason
  2. Murder
  3. Manslaughter
  4. Sexual battery
  5. Carjacking
  6. Home-invasion robbery
  7. Robbery
  8. Arson
  9. Kidnapping
  10. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  11. Aggravated Battery
  12. Aggravated stalking
  13. Aircraft piracy
  14. Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb
  15. Any felony that involves the threat of physical force or violence against an individual
  16. Armed burglary
  17. Burglary of a dwelling or burglary of an occupied structure
  18. As well as certain weapon offenses in 790.07
  19. Lewd or Lascivious Conduct
  20. Lewd or Lascivious Molestation
  21. Child Abuse
  22. Child Sexual Abuse
  23. Traveling to Meet a Minor and Child Pornography Defense

It is important to hire an attorney who is well versed in all aspects of Florida’s sentencing guidelines and the criminal punishment code. Retaining an attorney early is often the best way to avoid this designation and avoid the harsh penalties.