SVP Transient Release Case portal

UPDATE: On Sept. 1, 2023, a Placer County Superior Court judge denied the request from Sexually Violent Predator(“SVP”) William Stephenson for immediate release into Placer County. ๐˜ฟ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™™๐™œ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฎ’๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ช๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง 250 ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™—๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ.  The judge immediately addressed the audience and thanked them for making their voice heard in the process. The judge emphasized the importance of community participation and understanding of the SVP process, and he also emphasized that the SVP law prioritizes public safety in the court’s decision-making process.  

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ˆ๐™ง. ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™š ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฉ 1 ๐™ฅ.๐™ข. ๐™ค๐™ฃ Oct. 25 ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ 30 ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™š๐™ง ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ง ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฉ. The Court will not take any action at the next hearing but will be requesting a status update from all parties. The judge also asked the Department State Hospitals to hold more community housing meetings. Those meeting dates have yet to be determined. 


On July 17, 2023, a Placer County Superior Court judge granted a Sexually Violent Predator ("SVP"), William Stephenson, conditional transient release into Placer County. Mr. Stephenson has been ordered released to a trailer or RV at a fixed location that has yet to be determined. The law considers this a “Transient Release” because he will not have a designated address. He will not be released directly on the streets and pursuant to state law, the Department of State Hospitals is required to provide for 24-hour monitoring. 

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office has opposed Stephenson’s release throughout all court proceedings. Since the ruling, law enforcement and countywide officials have also expressed their opposition to this ruling.
The Placer County District Attorney's Office has created a case update portal for residents to share their feedback and concerns, receive updates on the case, and learn more about the state's SVP program. 

 Community letters can be considered at future hearings - read suggestions on how to write a letter here

SVP Case update portal - William Stephenson

  1. Do you want to submit a letter of opposition to this release to the court?
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    By checking either box above, you agree and acknowledge that 1) the Placer County District Attorney's Office may share this information with the court, 2) you are supportive of the District Attorney's Office pursuing legislation to address the issues with the state's Sexually Violent Predator Program ; 3) you support the District Attorney's Office's opposition to the transient release

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