Kolb Announces Historic Civil Confinement Agreement

End in sight for the battle to keep sex offenders off the streets
March 2, 2007

Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) announced that an agreement was reached that will provide for the civil confinement of violent sex offenders; an issue long championed by the Assembly minority.

“Since 1993, my conference has been leading the charge to make civil confinement law,” said Kolb, who has advocated these measures since his first election to the Assembly in 2000. “Through our hard work and effort, this important legislation will now become a reality. We have called attention to this issue for more than 13 years, keeping it in the headlines and building public support by passing petitions. I am pleased the Assembly majority has finally heeded our calls for action on this important legislation.”

Kolb said the agreement is a major milestone in public safety; it will keep dangerous sex offenders off the streets and away from our children. After their release from prison, they will be placed in secure facilities where they can receive intensive mental health treatment.

The agreement also includes, among other measures, stiffer penalties for sex offenders and broadens the category of sexual offense to include crimes motivated by sexual violence. For example, a person who is caught breaking into a house to rape a woman would be charged with a sexually motivated offense even if the offender does not succeed in harming the woman. As part of a compromise between the minority and the majority, the proposals will expand judicial discretion by giving judges the option of imposing intensive supervision as an alternative to confining offenders in a secure mental facility.

“We have finally reached an agreement on this key public safety measure. I look forward to passing this long overdue legislation as soon as it reaches the Assembly Chamber for a vote."