Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny Announces Agreement to Keep Dangerous Sexual Predators Behind Bars
Civil commitment law, tougher sentences will keep families safe from the worst sex offenders
March 7, 2007
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights) announced that the Legislature and governor have reached agreement on civil commitment legislation to keep the most dangerous sexual predators off the streets even after they finish their prison terms, and establish new, tougher sentences for persons convicted of sex crimes. “This bipartisan agreement will keep our families safe from dangerous sexual predators,” Assemblyman Brook-Krasny said. “If there’s likelihood that sex offenders will repeat their crime, they’ll be confined until it’s determined that they are no longer dangerous. That means that the worst sexual predators could be behind bars for life – and that greatly improves the safety of New York’s families.” Assemblyman Brook-Krasny said the agreement calls for the state Attorney General to decide when to seek civil commitment of individuals determined to suffer from a mental abnormality by a state committee of mental health professionals. If confinement is not ordered, the sex offender will still be under strict and intensive supervision and treatment. Other highlights:
- There will be required treatment to reduce recidivism by prisoners and for the civilly confined;
- Those housed in mental health facilities will be kept separate from vulnerable mental health patients; and
- Civil commitment must be reviewed annually by the courts.
- Eliminating the option of parole for Article 130 felony sex offenses;
- Providing long-term post-release supervision for those convicted of sex offense felonies;
- Moving five existing crimes into the “violent crime” category, including second-degree rape and fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse; and
- Creating the crime of “Sexually Motivated Felony” in cases where certain other crimes, like burglary or robbery, are committed for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator – subjecting the offender to tougher penalties.