Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is pledging her support to Assembly Bill 8916, also know as “Brittany’s Law.”
This legislation would create a violent offender registry with the hopes it can help protect the public from violent offenders and convicted felony offenders reentering the community who could be potential threats to the individuals and families in their communities. Many other states offer similar registries and, due to the high probability of repeat violent offenders, this would help bring another level of security for the people of the New York.
“The safety of our children and grandchildren is of the utmost importance,” said Duprey. “This legislation would help to make sure innocent individuals will not be harmed by previously convicted felons. Statistics show that, when released from prison, those with violent felony convictions will often commit a new crime within a short time of being released.”
Brittany’s Law is named in honor of two individuals, 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, who were unaware of a parolee’s prior violent history. This registry would help law enforcement as well as local communities who may be home to newly-released offenders.