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Public Safety Legislation
Chapter 66 of the Acts of 2004, (Ally Zapp Bill)
An Act relative to the commitment of sexually dangerous persons
Approved by the Governor, April 7, 2004
Recent Changes in the Law
In the early morning hours of July 19, 2002, Alexandra Zapp was brutally murdered in a Burger King restroom on Route 24 in Bridgewater. Alexandra did not know the man who stabbed her to death, but the criminal justice system did.
The person convicted of her murder had a long history of violent sexual assaults against women, including raping a woman at knifepoint. In the months prior to the murder of Alexandra Zapp, The District Attorney´s Office tried to have her killer committed as a sexually dangerous person. That petition was dismissed because of a loophole in the law.
Within six days of Alexandra´s murder, District Attorney Cruz moved to close the loopholes in the SDP law.
Finally, 20 months after her death, legislation was passed to close those loopholes and help keep sexually dangerous predators off of our streets.
Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
32 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301