Outrage by Vacaville, Ca., and other communities forced to accommodate sexually violent predators freed from prison has prompted California lawmakers to adopt new ground rules for such releases, reports the Sacramento Bee. The legislation was passed as an urgent measure, meaning it would become law as soon as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approves it. The bill may block sexually violent predator Cary Verse, now living in San Jose, from moving to Merced. A court ruling is scheduled for Friday.
Under the proposal, sexually violent predators would be released into the county where they last lived. Judges could make exceptions only in cases of “extraordinary circumstance,” such as hardship on a victim. The measure would prevent community outrage from forcing the bouncing of sexually violent predators from one place to another.