McKevitt Continues To Push For Civil Confinement

May 15, 2006

Today Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) attempted to add an amendment to a bill that aims to curtail sexual violence in New York. McKevitt’s amendment would allow for the civil confinement of dangerous sexual predators.

“We need to create a law that will keep sexual predators off our streets,” said McKevitt. “This was our way of showing that we will do everything we can to keep our children and families safe.”

Assembly minority members have worked to bring civil confinement to New York for years. Today McKevitt was forced to add a hostile amendment to a bill being brought to the floor for a vote.

The bill would require those that are convicted of sex crimes to be evaluated before released back into the community. If they are determined to still pose a danger to the public, they would be held until deemed safe for release. This bill has already passed the Senate; however, the Assembly promptly voted the amendment down 79-58.

“Simply put, we are running out of time on this issue,” stated McKevitt. “I will not stand by and watch another year go by without sensible legislation to protect our families.”