STATE OKAYS CONFINEMENT FOR WORST SEX OFFENDERS (Law would allow inmates deemed likely to re-offend to be civilly committed)

With many legislators touting civil commitment, which takes effect statewide April 13, as a way of cubing sex crime recidivism and possibly reforming offenders, some said they mainly consider it a stopgap to protect the public until a stricter penal code is in place.  A few went further to say that the bill the Legislature passed in mid-March was designed to contain the worst of the worst offenders who are serving time but may soon have been eligible for release.  While Parents for Megan's law executive director Laura Ahearn has supported the legislation, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has opposed it.

(New York)