Finch Joins Governor Pataki in Call for Civil Confinement of Sex Offenders

January 19, 2006

Assemblyman Gary Finch (R,C-Springport) joins Governor George Pataki in calling for civil confinement of dangerous sex offenders whose prison sentences are soon to expire. Finch and his Assembly minority colleagues support legislation that would authorize judges to hold the most dangerous sexual predators in secure mental-health facilities following their release from prison if, after a thorough review process and unanimous jury verdict, it is found they still pose threats to society. In the absence of a civil confinement law applicable to sex offenders, Governor Pataki has been using the current Mental Hygiene Law to confine certain sex offenders deemed likely to strike again after their prison terms. He has pledged to sign civil confinement legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.