Oaks Voices Disappointment with Assembly’s Failure to Take Action on Civil Confinement

December 18, 2006

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) expressed frustration over the Assembly Majority’s failure to once again take action on critical civil confinement legislation.

Governor Pataki called a special session for December 13th to vote on legislation that would allow for the civil confinement of the worst sexual offenders. These offenders are determined by psychiatrists, a court finding and a unanimous jury to have a mental abnormality and to be at high risk for recommitting a sexual crime. These criminals would be placed in secure facilities after they have served their prison terms.

“My Minority colleagues and I have continually pushed for the passage of a strong civil confinement bill and the bill passed unanimously in the State Senate,” stated Oaks. “It is very disappointing that we were unable to come to an agreement in this special session.”

Since civil confinement was first introduced at the Assembly Minority Conference in 1993, we have fought to pass this legislation that would strengthen laws to protect state residents from dangerous sexual predators.

Civil confinement has been passed nine times in the Senate, and has wide bi-partisan support in both houses of the Legislature.

“This is one matter the Assembly Majority cannot continue to ignore,” added Oaks. “We need to address this issue and come to an agreement on legislation that will confine these dangerous sexual predators to a secure location where they can no longer be a threat to our safety.”