Bill Stopping Release of Sexually Violent Predators Becomes Law
A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill Thursday. The law allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense as a juvenile to be sent to a civil containment unit for sexually violent predators upon release from prison. Officials didn't previously consider such juvenile convictions when making adult release decisions. Had the law had been in place last year, lawmakers say Michael Klunder could have been kept in civil containment for past offenses instead of being freed. Authorities say Klunder kidnapped and killed Dayton teen Kathlynn Shepard last summer.