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Children's Safety Act of 2005

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CHILDREN'S SAFETY ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - September 14, 2005)

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Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Chairman, today I offer an amendment to provide guidelines and incentives for States to civilly confine violent sexual predators.

I want to thank the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Sensenbrenner) and his staff for this support in working with my office on this provision. I would also like to thank the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Conyers) for his support as well.

Most criminals deemed as sexually violent have broken State, as opposed to Federal, laws. This amendment would incentivize States to implement civil confinement programs. This is not a new or radical idea. As of 2002, 16 States and the District of Columbia have implemented some form of a civil confinement law. Under this amendment, civil confinement would encompass those who admit their illness, as well as those who are deemed too dangerous to return to society without proper treatment and rehabilitation.

Texas prisoner Larry Don McQuay is an example of the kind of person who would merit civil confinement. He is a convicted child molester who describes himself alternatively as scum of the Earth and a monster.

He is currently serving a 20-year sentence for molesting three children.

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