Assemblyman Raia Launches Petition Drive to Push for Civil Confinement

May 23, 2005

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) displays a petition designed to rally grassroots support for civil confinement legislation in the Assembly during a news conference held to kick off a statewide campaign by minority members in the house. The Assembly minority conference is asking for the public’s help in convincing the majority to allow the legislation to reach the floor for debate and a vote.

Civil confinement allows judges to order the most dangerous sexual predators confined to secure facilities, staffed by mental health professionals, after the offenders have served their prison terms if they are deemed to still pose threats to society. Since 1993, the Assembly majority has failed to allow civil confinement legislation to come to a full vote of the Assembly despite support from the state Senate and governor.

Raia is encouraging 9th Assembly District residents to visit his district office at 75 Woodbine Ave., Northport, and sign the petition.