Statute 59-29a01: Commitment of sexually violent predators;
findings; time requirements directory.
The legislature finds that there exists an extremely dangerous group of
sexually violent predators who have a mental abnormality or personality
disorder and who are likely to engage in repeat acts of sexual violence if not
treated for their mental abnormality or personality disorder. Because the
existing civil commitment procedures under K.S.A. 59-2901 et seq.
and amendments thereto are inadequate to address the special needs of sexually
violent predators and the risks they present to society, the legislature
determines that a separate involuntary civil commitment process for the
potentially long-term control, care and treatment of sexually violent predators
is necessary. The legislature also determines that because of the nature of the
mental abnormalities or personality disorders from which sexually violent
predators suffer, and the dangers they present, it is necessary to house
involuntarily committed sexually violent predators in an environment separate
from persons involuntarily committed under K.S.A. 59-2901 et
and amendments thereto. Notwithstanding any other evidence
of legislative intent, it is hereby declared that any time requirements set
forth in K.S.A. 59-29a01 et seq.
, and amendments thereto, either as
originally enacted or as amended, are intended to be directory and not
mandatory and serve as guidelines for conducting proceedings under K.S.A.
59-29a01 et seq.
, and amendments thereto.
History: L. 1994, ch. 316, § 1;
L. 1999, ch. 140, § 1;
L. 2003, ch. 152, § 1; July 1.