Oaks Again Calls For Civil Confinement In New York

Legislation part of SAVE-NY report
May 10, 2006

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today joined his Assembly minority colleagues in unveiling the SAVE-NY Task Force report, a legislative package designed by the Assembly minority conference containing numerous bills and proposals aimed at keeping violent sexual predators off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods.

“The results of this report are not surprising – dangerous sexual predators are in our neighborhoods and living and moving among the most vulnerable of our population,” said Oaks. “New York’s residents shouldn’t have to worry about sexual predators and, to that end, we must pass civil confinement legislation and other important measures now.”

The SAVE-NY legislative package would:

  • Clarify the role of law enforcement personnel posing as children in sting operations and stiffening the penalty for luring over the internet.
  • Limit plea bargaining for sex offenders to eliminate the option of pleading to a nonsexual offense.
  • Eliminate the statute of limitations for perpetrators of the most violent sex crimes.
  • Allow parents to monitor children’s activities on the phone to prevent abuse.
  • Increase penalties for public lewdness.
  • Increase the penalty for offenders who fail to register on the state Sex Offender Registry from a misdemeanor to a felony.
  • Prohibit sex offenders from working with children.
  • Prohibit sex offenders from living near schools and day care facilities.
  • Double the prison sentences for sexual offenses committed near school grounds.
  • Require the dissemination of information about Level 2 and 3 offenders to vulnerable populations.

“Women and children continue to be victims of re-offending sexual predators, as civil confinement legislation waits to be enacted,” said Oaks. “I pledge to continue the fight to pass meaningful civil confinement legislation in the Assembly and to work to enact these other important measures to make New York safer.”