California Senate unanimously passes Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act co-authored by Brian and Megan Dahle

Yesterday evening, the California Senate unanimously approved Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones’s bipartisan Senate Bill 1074, called the “Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act.”

District 1 State Senator Brian Dahle.

The SAFE Act is coauthored by senators Brian Dahle, Marie Alvarado-Gil, Janet Nguyen, Roger W. Niello, Kelly Seyarto, and assemblymembers Megan Dahle, Juan Alanis, , Joe Patterson, and Marie Waldron.

The SAFE Act unanimously passed off the Senate Floor on a 37-0 vote. The measure next heads to the Assembly for consideration.

Click here for SB 1074 the factsheet and here for more information about the bill and Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) issue. Thousands of Californians have signed the petition in support of the SAFE Act.

Megan Dahle.

“After three years, I’m thrilled that the California Senate finally passed our bipartisan SAFE Act,” said Jones. “Sexually violent predators have committed the most heinous and violent sex crimes. As legislators, we have a duty to ensure the safety of our communities when the court orders the release of these dangerous predators. The SAFE Act, together with our ongoing audit, will help fix this broken and alarming predator release program. We are hoping to keep up the momentum with the SAFE Act in the Assembly and send it to the governor’s desk.”

The SAFE Act aims to prevent the Newsom Administration from secretly dumping SVPs into family-friendly neighborhoods with no regard for public safety. Specifically, SB 1074 would:
• Require that the Department of State Hospitals ensures its vendor (Liberty Healthcare) considers public safety when placing SVPs; and
• Require the DSH to take ownership in the placement process by approving any placements before the vendor can sign any leases for placement locations. This will help prevent the DSH vendor from wasting tax dollars on premature leases for SVPs.

Sexually violent predators are convicted of a sexually violent offense and diagnosed with a mental disorder that predisposes them to be a danger to others with a high likelihood to reoffend. When a court orders their conditional release, DSH allows their vendor, Liberty Healthcare, the freedom to house SVPs in unsuspecting communities across California. A new report indicates that housing a single SVP costs taxpayers over $456,000 annually.

Jones has been a trailblazer in fighting SVP placements in San Diego County for years. Last year, Leader Jones secured an audit of Liberty Healthcare, the state contractor responsible for overseeing placements of SVPs. The audit results are expected to be released in Fall 2024.