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May 19, 2015

"NY Senate votes to create registry of violent felons"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable new AP article sent my way by a helpful reader.  Here are excerpts:

The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry. The proposal is intended to prevent future crimes, and in particular domestic violence, by allowing people to check if a new acquaintance has a violent past.

The legislation is named Brittany's Law after Brittany Passalacqua, a 12-year-old from Geneva who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother by her mother's then boyfriend.  The boyfriend had a prior conviction for a violent felony.

Brittany’s grandmother, Dale Driscoll, remarked: “Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I have for Senator Nozzolio and his dedication and commitment to seeing ‘Brittany’s Law’ adopted into law.  The murder of my daughter and granddaughter devastated our family.  If this legislation prevents another family from suffering the loss we have experienced, then my daughter and granddaughter will not have died in vain. People should have the right to know if a person is a violent felon and I will continue to do everything I can to push this measure in the State Assembly.”...

The Senate passed the bill Monday.  Similar legislation is pending in the Assembly but no vote has been scheduled.

Critics argue a registry could stigmatize ex-offenders and make it harder for them to secure jobs and housing after they are released.

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Oh no, yet another non-common sense approach to controlling criminality and the tip off is always naming it after a victim. Yet, maybe this will again shed light on the stupidity and ineffectiveness of S.O. registries. My gosh will politicians ever learn to pander for votes in some other way?

Posted by: RandyPanda | May 19, 2015 7:52:40 PM

Here we go....knew it would happen sooner or later....who's next? Pretty soon we'll have to build camps for people to live and work in..or get abused in..sound familiar?

Posted by: MRoberts | May 19, 2015 8:34:39 PM

No, you morons, you rent seeking vile feminist lawyers, with your stupid male running dogs. The registry would not "stigmatize ex-offenders and make it harder for them to secure jobs and housing after they are released."

You freakin', thievin' morons.

The bad guy is inside the house. The guy who killed little Brittany had a key and lived in the house. The call was coming from inside the house, just as in the horror movie you are producing for crime victims.

No, you are not stupid. You are evil, stealing money for a worthless bureaucratic response of throwing forms, paperwork at the bad guys, and lying it will make anyone safe.

How about this idea instead. Arrest, give an hour's fair trial, then execute the 20,000 internal traitors in the lawyer hierarchy from the Lawyer Hierarchy Registry, protecting the violent predator. Once the pure evil protectors of the ultra violent predator are eradicated, kill all the violent predators before age 18. Then leave little girls like Brittany alone, to grow up and have a decent life.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 19, 2015 11:20:09 PM

First they came for the sex offenders, etc.

Posted by: Guy | May 20, 2015 8:49:25 AM

Haven't the idiots of this country learned anything yet? What about the families of these felons.

Posted by: Book38 | May 20, 2015 6:48:10 PM


I have long realized that the politicians, prosecutors, judges and LE in general are growing ever more idiotic. I have never seen such low-class bums think they can govern properly. Cut off their pay and pensions immediately, they do not deserve one cent!

The best we can hope for is to "revoke" all immunities, no matter what 9 black-pajama wearing baboons say. Maybe they will start to think, no matter if they've never done it before.

Posted by: albeed | May 20, 2015 7:36:49 PM

You knew it was only a matter of time. A bureaucracy's prime function is to expand. And so the registries grow. At some point, they will reach a critical mass and collapse under their own, ponderous weight. The corollary is the concept that "the best way to repeal a bad law is to rigorously enforce it."

Posted by: Mark M. | May 20, 2015 11:29:42 PM

Arguably, individuals convicted of crimes of deceit are better candidates for lifetime monitoring and public awareness than violent and sex crime offenders. Like golf, fraud is a life long sport, while like rugby, violent and sex crimes are mostly for the young and offenders age out by their late 30s or so in most cases from being likely to commit those crimes again.

Posted by: ohwilleke | May 22, 2015 4:55:36 PM

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