Senate signs off on new rules for releasing sexually violent offenders


The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would limit the number of sexually violent offenders placed into distant rural communities.

The bill, which cleared the Assembly in January, now heads to the guv.

The legislation would require counties, through the formation of a temporary committee, to locate a single placement option within an offender’s county of residence when the offender is released.

That committee would consist of human services, corrections and county representatives. For offenders from Milwaukee County, the bill would require that the offender be placed in the offender’s home municipality. Counties that do not comply would be subject to damages for each violation.