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Senate Bill 0425


Senate Bill 0425

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Civil commitment of sexual predators. Provides for the commitment of a person found to be a sexually violent predator to a mental health institution for an indefinite period following the person's release from a correctional institution upon completion of a sentence imposed for conviction of a sexual offense and civil commitment upon release of a person charged with a sexual offense upon a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity. Provides for an annual review and hearing on the person's condition and for release of the person upon a finding that the person's mental abnormality has so changed that the person is not likely to commit predatory acts of sexual violence if released. Requires the commissioner of the department of correction to establish a multidisciplinary review team that includes individuals from other state agencies to assess initially whether a person meets the definition of a sexually violent predator and to notify the attorney general of the multidisciplinary review team's findings. Requires the attorney general to establish a prosecuting attorney review committee to review the records of each person referred to them. Allows the attorney general to file a petition for civil commitment of a person that the attorney general and the prosecuting attorney review committee believe to be a sexually violent predator. Requires a court hearing to determine if there is probable cause to believe that the person is a sexually violent predator and requires a trial to be held not later than 60 days after the probable cause hearing. Provides for the psychological examination of the person by qualified experts and requires the court to appoint experts to examine the person if the person is indigent.
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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