Assessment of sexually violent predators; qualifications. (HB2227)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Assessment of sexually violent predators; qualifications.  Eliminates requirement that persons who conduct risk assessments of sex offenders be skilled in the treatment of sex offenders and adds the requirement that such persons be knowledgeable about the treatment of sex offenders. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/12/2011Committee
01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101514D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2011Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Read first time
01/24/2011Read second time
01/24/2011Passed by for the day
01/25/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2011Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/10/2011Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Read third time
02/14/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Enrolled
02/17/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2227ER)
02/17/2011Signed by Speaker
02/20/2011Signed by President
02/21/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2227ER)
03/10/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 42 (effective 7/1/11)
03/10/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0042)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Comments

Rickey Moore writes:

I'm not sure how to feel about this bill. Who is to say who is "knowledgeable"? Joe Lunchbucket, because he watches Oprah? That is way too vague. I'd much rather someone with more education than opinion be tasked with assessment and I say that it needs to be done prior to sentencing. If you want to make a person stark raving mad, just tell them that when their sentence is over that it isn't over. Have the Judge set the treatment goals after the assessment is made, so that the treatment is done while incarcerated. Imagine trying to gain employment and pay for a place to stay and food to eat and transportation, etc., and be staring down the gun of also paying for expensive treatment with the threat of being returned to prison for failing to do so. That is just plain inhumane.

Please examine the SOAR program at Harnett Correctional, in Lillington NC. It's been running for about 15 years and has a less than 3% recidivism rate during that time. That is unheard of, within the other crime categories. Plus, it is largely funded by a portion of the profits from the prison canteen! Just look at the proposed fee structure in the full body of the bill! Someone can make a lot of coin. And, when someone can, they will. At 5 grand per assessment, plus a hefty expense allowance, who picks up that tab? Some guy/gal just getting out of prison? The taxpayers? There should be no profit in this business of restoring a man or a woman to harmony and back to society. At first glance, I do not trust this. I would like to see what others say. And yes, I am a registered sex offender and proudly state that I am a SOAR graduate and re-offense free for over 5 years after my release. No More Victims, of any kind.

stephen writes:

It's clear to me this bill say's it's all a guessing game that anyone can play.