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Violent offender registry bill passes NY Senate

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ALBANY — A bill that would create a statewide registry of violent felony offenders has passed the Senate.

"Brittany's Law" would require certain convicted felons to register with the state's Department of Criminal Justice Service after being released from prison and have their names added to a statewide violent felony offender registry, similar to the sex offender registry.

The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua who was killed in 2009 by John Edward Brown, who was on parole at the time after serving 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter.

Brittany's Law would also establishes annual registration requirements for offenders so local law enforcement and the state can monitor the whereabouts of these individuals

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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May 13, 2014
10:42 a.m.

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While I applaud this kind of bill I have difficulties with making it retroactive to periods before this was bill was made law as the people in prison are there under a specific sentence that I assume puts forth what the convicted individual must do to satisfy their sentence requirements. Somehow this looks to me that they are being resentenced automatically without recourse. Is this just? Adding burdens after the sentence does not seem fair. Going foreword or anyone getting a retrial, this law is fine with me as a retrial will be subject to the new and now current law. With this kind of thinking, should NY reenact the death penalty, should all convicted criminals that would have met the death penalty criteria be then subject to it as a requirement to get out of prison? (in his case - out of prison in a box)?