Poway – At a press conference in Poway, CA today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) introduced The Stopping Sexually Violent Predators Act the most comprehensive legislation to date to reset the broken system that is currently forcing sexually violent predators (SVPs) into communities and near children and families.
“In California, Governor Newsom has made our communities less safe by essentially compelling communities to accept the relocation of dozens of these violent predators into our neighborhoods,” said Rep. Issa. “But this issue is not unique to California, which is why we need a federal solution to at least prevent the compulsory placement of SVPs and develop a solution. There is obviously a better way than the current broken system.”
SVPs are clinically diagnosed individuals convicted of sexually violent crimes. They are designated by doctors as incurable and are neither undergoing treatment nor in recovery. They are an obvious danger to any community, which is why these individuals should be confined within secure facilities, not in local neighborhoods.
Even though 70% of SVPs released into communities in California were returned to custody for violating their release terms, California’s state government continues to demand that these predators be forced into residential areas near families, children, and seniors. In fact, the number of SVPs in our community has continued to rapidly increase.
The Stopping Sexually Violent Predators Act will:
- End federal taxpayer funding for SVPs outside of correctional or secure medical facilities.
- Require states to report all convicted SVPs to the federal Department of Justice for review of potential federal charges.