The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted down a motion calling for the Sheriff’s Department and district attorney to formally notify the board when sexually violent predators are set to be released and treated in the community.
Supervisors Hilda Solis, Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl voted no prior to any discussion or public comment, causing the proposal to immediately fail for a lack of a majority from the five-member board. It was a rare outcome for this board, which typically at least entertains discussion and holds a vote on items facing opposition.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger authored the motion calling for the board notification and proposing that the specific location of any placement be revealed to the board member representing that district. [View the motion here.]
Barger issued a statement after the vote expressing her dismay and vowing to aggressively push for advanced notification to her constituents.
“It is essential that placements of sexually violent predators into local communities are made with the collaboration of all those impacted to ensure that appropriate services are provided and public safety is ensured,” she said. “I am disappointed that my colleagues have chosen to turn their backs on what should be a fair and equitable process to provide a voice for everyone involved.”
The three supervisors who voted against notification did not comment on their reasoning, as the matter was considered as part of the board’s consent calendar. However, the board has adopted a “care first, jails last” philosophy that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment and has championed various efforts to provide community support for inmates who are granted release.