White Plains mall murder continues to fuel civil confinement law debate

A local lawmaker is renewing the call to have a civil confinement law in New York State.

Assemblyman Low Mosciello (R-Yonkers) sponsored a panel Monday to discuss the need for a civil confinement law, which would allow judges to place convicted sexual predators in mental facilities after their release from prison. The debate over whether or not to adopt the law comes after the murder of Connie Russo Carriero of White Plains. She was stabbed to death in June in the Galleria Mall parking lot at the hands of Level 3 sex offender Phillip Grant.

Democratic County Executive Andy Spano wasn't at the meeting, but Westchester's Probation Commissioner Rocco Pozzi detailed how Spano has protected the community by enforcing electronic monitoring of predators.

Civil confinement is already a law in 16 states.

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