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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
    IntroducedMarch 6th, 2009

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Title

No Parole for Sex Offenders Act

Official Title

To ensure that sex offenders and sexually violent predators are not eligible for parole.

Summary

No Parole for Sex Offenders Act - Requires a state that is receiving funds for certain law enforcement assistance programs under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to put into effect laws and policies that prohibit parole for any individual convicted of a crime against a minor and any sexually violent predator. Grants states three years to implement such laws and policies (with one additional two-year extension for states making good faith efforts at implementation). Renders any state that does not implement such laws and policies within the required period ineligible for 10% of funding for its law enforcement assistance programs.
    I have to oppose this bill. "Sexually violent predator" is a vague term and actually doesn't always represent violent people. A SVP can be someone who committed a federal crime but never actually had physical contact with a child, let alone the commission of violence. Parole should be assessed on an individualized, case-by-case basis using standardized measures involving one's level of risk to the community.
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