Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday by State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) that strengthens parole requirements for sexually violent offenders.
SB 179 requires convicted sex offenders to serve their parole time after they are evaluated under California’s Sexually Violent Predator Program and released from a state mental hospital.
Under the current law, the parole time for sex offenders begins as soon as they are released from prison and continues while the offender is being assessed in the state hospital — under full security, Pavley said.
The result is that those sexually violent predators receive overlapping supervision services. As a consequence, some offenders run out the clock on their three- to five-year court-ordered parole time and are released into the community with no supervision — contrary to the intent of the law, Pavley said.
“It is simply outrageous that currently some of the most violent sexual predators in the state — the worst of the worst — are released onto our streets with no supervision,” Pavley said. “We know many of these convicted sex offenders will strike again if not properly monitored.”
Under California law, a sexually violent predator is a person convicted of a sexually violent offense, such as: forcible rape, forcible sodomy or child molestation. If found by a judge or jury to be likely to commit a similar offense in the future, the individual is diagnosed with a mental disorder and confined to a mental hospital.
Sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the bill will make sure the offenders are under close supervision upon release from a state hospital.
“SB 179 will enable us to quickly return these violent offenders to custody if they attempt to engage in criminal conduct in the future,” L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley said.