Gov. Charlie Baker will ask lawmakers once again to limit the release of sexual predators from prison.
The move follows last week’s ruling by the state’s highest court clearing the way for the eventual release of Wayne Chapman.
Convicted of raping two Lawrence boys in 1975, Chapman is also a suspect in the 1976 disappearance of Angelo Puglisi Jr., 10, of Lawrence. He has admitted to raping as many as 100 boys in eight states and Canada.
Chapman, 71, has been in prison for more than 40 years, most recently under the state’s civil commitment law, but the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that he should be released immediately because two psychologists found he is no longer a threat to public safety.
In its decision, the court rejected arguments from the Baker administration and a lawyer representing several of Chapman’s victims that the system of evaluating sexual predators who are locked up indefinitely under the state’s civil commitment law is itself a threat to public safety.