Senate Bill to Prevent Sexually Violent Predators Stalls

SAN DIEGO — The Senate bill titled the “Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement of Violent Sexual Predators Act, or SB 841” didn’t pass, but still has a chance of surviving.

The bill aims to inform everyone in a California community where and when a sexually violent predator moves into a neighborhood. After serving their prison sentence and a medical evaluation, sexually violent predators are placed in a home with a private contractor who monitors their behavior.

The bill would also make the placement of an SVP mandatory, taking into account any children or vulnerable people living in the area.

Recently a community in Rancho Bernado was able to block the exit of an SVP in their quiet community. Community members say an early warning system would be really helpful.

“You’d have a head start getting it all together, getting your papers together, getting your neighbors together,” said grandmother and former music teacher Joanne Terry.

State Sen. Brian Jones said SVPs should live on vacant state property so officials can monitor them.

“It might be appropriate to put a trailer on their property to house these sexually violent predators. Past governors did. We can do it again. It’s legal, it’s the right thing to do,” said Brian Jones, a local state senator.

Bill has 30 days to be resurrected or he cannot pass this session.

Norman D. Briggs