Oaks: Megan’s Law Victory Should Clear Way For Civil Confinement

January 19, 2006

Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today called for an Assembly vote on civil confinement, a measure that would keep the most dangerous sexual predators confined to mental-health facilities after their prison sentences are completed.

“I am pleased to have joined Gov. George Pataki and my Assembly minority colleagues yesterday in strengthening Megan’s Law and keeping dangerous sex offenders on our state registry,” said Oaks. “Now, we need to take the next step and keep those most likely to strike again from re-entering our neighborhoods when they leave prison.”

Civil confinement would allow the courts to order the most dangerous sex offenders held in secure mental-health facilities beyond their prison release dates if, upon extensive evaluation and a unanimous jury verdict, it is determined they could strike again.

“Residents across my district have been signing petitions in support of civil confinement. Protecting women and children from dangerous sexual predators is essential to keeping our communities safe,” said Oaks. “The Assembly Speaker must bring this important legislation to the floor of the Assembly for a vote.”