UPDATE:The next hearing will be another review hearing for Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. in Department 32.
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.