Proposed New York State Registry for Violent Offenders

New York State legislators are working to pass a bill so the public can have easy access to information regarding those convicted of violent crimes. This proposed bill will likely be called Brittany's Law after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua. Both she and her mother were murdered by Brittany's ex-boyfriend after his release from prison in 2009. He was a convicted violent felon who had been released early and it is said that she would have never gotten involved with him if she had been made aware of his violent past.

If the law is passed, it would mean that those convicted of violent crimes must register with a database that would have public access. According to the proposed bill, there would be an annual registration requirement and those registered would remain in the database permanently. This database would be similar to the sex offender database containing different levels much like the Megan's Law database. Some believe that this kind of database infringes on the rights of those convicted violent offenders, but members of the senate disagree stating that the public has the right to know if they are living alongside a person who was convicted of a violent crime.