Assemblyman Raia Stands Behind Civil Confinement Plan

Continues Fight for Safer Communities
May 10, 2006

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) joined his Assembly minority conference and Laura Ahearn in unveiling the SAVE-NY Task Force Report. Ms. Ahearn is the founder and Executive Director of Parents for Megan’s Law, a group that has supported Raia’s pursuit of stricter sex-offense penalties.

The report published by SAVE-NY contains legislation that aims to rid New York’s streets of violent sexual predators.

“Cleansing our streets of sexual deviants is vital to the health and safety of our families,” said Raia. “The findings of our task force show what we have said for years. We need a sound civil commitment policy in New York to get perverts off of the streets.”

Included in the report are proposals for legislation which would also prevent sex offenders from plea bargaining from a sexual offense to a non-sex crime, which prevents them for being included in the registry. It also suggests increasing the statute of limitations on a sex crime committed against a child under eighteen from five years to fifteen years.

Many law enforcement agencies do not report to communities when sex offenders move in, because it is not mandatory in New York, as in many other states. Assemblyman Raia aims to make it mandatory so that all families know when they are in danger.

“We need to keep pressure on the Speaker,” stated Raia. “We have been fighting to keep sex offenders off the streets for years, and we have the support of New York’s families on this issue. This is not the time for political games, because we are playing with the safety of our women and children. There are too many loopholes and ways for criminals to slip through the cracks and right back into our neighborhoods.”