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Kansas governor signs bill limiting sex predator appeals

June 10, 2015

— Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill putting new limits on appeals by sex offenders committed indefinitely to a state treatment program.

The measure was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers and Brownback signed it Tuesday. The new law takes effect July 1.

Offenders determined by a court to be sexual predators are committed to a treatment program after serving their criminal sentences. The bill would remove the right of confined offenders to request a jury trial when petitioning for release. It also would limit their right to file grievances on some issues.

Brownback also signed a bill helping victims of human trafficking by allowing them to file civil lawsuits against perpetrators and collect damages. The new law also takes effect July 1.

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