SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1607 received unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate Public Safety Committee, according to an announcement Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale).
The bill revises the Sexual Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent and allow input from the areas most affected by their release.
“It is vitally important that communities retain local control in matters involving the management of sexual violent predators,” said Fox. “Rural communities may provide homes that are far from schools and parks, but they often lack the infrastructure and law enforcement presence to manage these parolees adequately.”
AB 1607 is a technical revision to the Sexual Violent Predator Act and requires that a potential county of domicile for a sexual violent predator (county where the SVP is allegedly from and may be released back to) be given notice and an opportunity to be heard in court prior to determining the location where the SVP will be required to live.
Once the court determines domicile, the placement and conditional release will be supervised by the county of domicile – transferring the jurisdiction from one court to another.
This bill is 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. AB 1607 will simplify this process and allow the areas most affected by a conditional release to have a say in the process.
AB 1607 now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
More information is available at www.asmdc.org/fox.
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