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Kolb Issues Special Statement

“We were called to a special session with the sole purpose of addressing thesubject of civil confinement, however the Assembly Democratic Conferencerefused to allow the legislation to be brought to the floor where its meritscould be debated and voted on,” blasted Kolb (R,C,I -Canandaigua). “This isirresponsible and a waste of taxpayer’s money.””In the spirit of bi-partisanship on an issue that should be non-political,the state Senate, including Lieutenant Governor-elect Patterson, unanimouslypassed the Civil Confinement legislation that the Assembly Democrats chooseto ignore.”Kolb further went on to say, “Because the Assembly Majority would not allowthe legislation to be brought to a vote, another session will elapse wherethere is no mechanism in place to keep the most violent sexual predatorsaway from the law-abiding public.”Assembly Republicans have been pushing for civil confinement legislation forthe last 13 years, but it has been repeatedly blocked from the house floorby Assembly Democrats.The legislation in question would require Level 3 offenders to be evaluatedand those found to be the most violent and likely to repeat their offenses,be committed to psychiatric facilities for treatment at the conclusion oftheir prison sentence.Kolb noted not all Level 3 offenders pose significant threats to society;however, without a civil confinement law there is no effective process inplace to keep the most violent sexual predators away from the law-abidingpublic.Previously, Gov. George Pataki used the state’s Mental Hygiene law to keepthe public safe by attempting to hold numerous violent sexual predators,deemed still a threat to society, in psychiatric centers. The State Courtof Appeals ruled the governor’s use of the law was improper, furthernecessitating the need for an additional level of civil confinement.

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