Civil commitment of sexually violent predators; petition for release, procedures. (HB1852)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)

Progress

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

Description

Civil commitment of sexually violent predators; petition for release; procedures. Provides that when a petition for release of a sexually violent predator who has been civilly committed has been made by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, no further evaluation of the committed respondent shall be required unless otherwise deemed necessary by the court. Under current law, if the Commissioner's recommendation is to release the committed respondent, such respondent's condition and need for secure inpatient treatment shall be evaluated by a second person with certain credentials to make such evaluations. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/02/2019Committee
01/02/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100857D
01/02/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1852)
01/17/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/18/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

Ut Prosim writes:

The office of the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is fully capable of determining when a citizen who has been civilly committed should be released and the citizens of the Commonwealth incur additional cost when a second “professional” is employed in the process. There is no evidence that public safety is further enhanced by that additional expense. Nearly a decade ago, the civil commitment program cost had increased more than tenfold in eight years. Now the citizens of the Commonwealth are paying for a $110 million expansion of the treatment center which should be safely reducing its population as expeditiously as possible.