Governor Praises Klein: Champion For Civil Confinement
“This legislation is long overdue, and will finally help protect our families from the most violent sex offenders who have proven that they cannot safely function in society,” said Senator Klein.
An original co-sponsor of Megan’s Law which created New York’s sex offender registry, Senator Klein has long argued that sex offenders determined too dangerous to safely release from prison should receive continued treatment in a secure facility. These efforts took on greater urgency for Klein after the 2005 murder of White Plains resident Connie Russo-Carriero by a Level 3 sex offender with a long history of violent behavior who had refused mental health services.
The law includes a state Office of Sex Offender Management, increased prison terms for some sex crimes, and provides mandatory treatment for sex offenders both during incarceration and after their release. Funding for new treatment programs, as well as a secure mental health facility for civilly confined sex offenders, is already included in Gov. Spitzer’s executive budget.
In Klein’s opinion, “This law offers a comprehensive approach to protecting our communities, while expanding supervision of sex offenders and ensuring that they get the services they need.”