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News stories tagged with "sex-offenders"

Legislation targets online sex predators

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced that they've agreed on a new law to limit sexual predators' access to the Internet. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Stockholm residents angry over sex offenders

Neighbors in the rural St. Lawrence County town of Stockholm are alarmed and angry that two registered sex offenders, one a level three offender, are now sharing a house down the street from several families with young children. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Sexually violent predators must go home - if they're released

Earlier this year, Governor Spitzer won support among legislators for civil confinement: holding sexually violent predators after they've completed their prison sentences. The state Department of Mental Health prepared the Bridgeview building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to confine up to 80 inmates. Nine are there now. Jonathan Brown reports on the latest developments.  Go to full article

No deal on civil confinement of sex offenders

The New York legislature failed to agree on a bill to civilly confine some sex offenders, after Assembly Democrats rejected a bill proposed by Governor Pataki in a special session. The legislature adjourned without acting on many other issues, including pay raises. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers to return for special session

On Wednesday, the legislature will return for a special session called by Governor Pataki to address the civil confinement of sexual predators. Other issues could come up as well, including a possible pay raise for lawmakers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Court: NY illegally confined sex offenders after prison

Governor Pataki says he'll call a special session of the legislature next month to change the state's civil confinement laws for sexual predators. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Considers Sex Offender Limits

Ogdensburg city residents will soon weigh in on a new law that would ban high-risk sex offenders from living wihtin 800 feet of schools parks and playgrounds. Last night the Ogdensburg city council voted to allow a public hearing on the proposal.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Council Approves Civil Confinement Unit

The Ogdensburg city council passed a resolution Monday night supporting the civil confinement of violent sexual predators at the St Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Up to 80 offenders could be confined for an indefinite period after their release from prison, when the facility opens this winter. Supporters say it will mean up to 180 new jobs, but there's still lingering public opposition to the plan.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say No to One Civil Confinment Plan

A legisaltive conference committee has rejected Gov. Pataki's plan to convert a minimum security prison into special housing for civil confinment of sex offenders. It's not clear where that leaves plans for to house sex offenders at other facility, including one in Ogdensburg. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics, Lawmakers Differ On Civil Confinement

An Assembly and Senate conference committee is scheduled to meet this month to decide on a law to civilly confine some convicted sex offenders who are deemed at risk of repeating their crimes. While the idea of civil confinement has become popular among politicians, some who work to treat sex offenders say the legislature's plans are flawed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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