SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1607, a bill revising the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“This law allows communities to retain local control in the management of sexually violent predators when they are released from hospitals or prisons,” said Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale). “Rural communities may provide homes that are far from schools and parks, but they often lack the local infrastructure to manage these parolees safely.”
AB 1607 was authored by Assemblymember Fox in response to the case of Christopher Evans Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist,” who was treated in Santa Clara County. Santa Clara was not required to inform Los Angeles County of the potential to conditionally release Hubbart in Lake Los Angeles until determining placement. The bill will simplify this process and provide transparency.
The provisions of AB 1607 require that a potential county of domicile for a sexually violent predator be given notice and an opportunity to be heard in court prior to determining the location where the SVP will be released.
In cases where the court orders the release of an SVP, this new law now will provide for the transfer of jurisdiction of the SVP to the county where the SVP is placed and supervised.
“L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the LA County CEO’s office were extremely supportive of this bill,” said Fox. “As a representative of the Antelope Valley, I cannot stand by and idly watch as rapists, child molesters, and other sex offenders are dumped into our community.”
More information is available at www.asmdc.org/fox.