Lawmakers Fight over Confinement of Sex Offenders

By Candace Chapman

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 23, 2006 at 9:37 PM EDT

Governor George Pataki wants to demolish Camp Pharsalia, and build a confinement center.

It would treat and house up to 500 sexually violent offenders after they're paroled from prison.

Its plan is part of Jessica's Law to increase sentences for sex offenders.

Republicans in the Assembly are promoting the law, which would require a sentence of 25 years to life for violent sex offenses and repeat sex offenders.

"To think that a person who injures a child and a rapist can spend over 3 years in prison and no more is just wrong, so I am totally in support of this. I think it builds upon our Megan's law and is also a prelude to what will be hopefully a very strong civil confinement piece of legislation," says Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun (R-Blooming Grove).

But Republicans don't like the civil confinement plan Democrats have in the Assembly.

It would not cover those currently serving time in prison or those who struck plea deals.

Calhoun's taped comments were provided by the New York State Legislature.

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