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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jane Corwin
ALBANY — Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is expressing frustration at the lack of action on a domestic violence bill in the Assembly.

The Clarence Republican is dismayed that Assembly Bill 1833, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, also known as "Brittany’s Law" has not come up for a vote in the Legislature's lower body. Named after a 12-year-old girl who was brutally murdered, along with her mother, by a violent felon, the bill has bipartisan sponsorship in the Assembly and has been passed in the state Senate, but it has languished in the Assembly for a number of years.

“It is disconcerting that the Assembly Majority would neglect to bring Brittany’s Law to a vote while we are here in Albany to pass legislation to protect victims of domestic violence today,” Corwin said last week. “To truly increase public safety and help both law enforcement and the public protect themselves against violent felons, we must pass Brittany’s Law this year.”

Brittany’s Law would create a public online database of violent felons, similar to the existing sex offender database. The database would be a valuable tool for law enforcement as well as the public.

In 2009, Brittany Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, were murdered in Geneva, New York by a violent felon who had recently been paroled. The felon had previously been convicted for violently assaulting his own infant daughter six years earlier. According to her mother (and Brittany’s grandmother) Ms. Buchel had no idea that the man who ultimately murdered her and her child was a convicted violent felon. Had she had access to this information, she never would have allowed him in her life or her home.

Data released by the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, shows domestic violence has increased in New York State. Specifically, incidences of homicide by intimate partners in parts of the state outside of New York City have increased by 16 percent from 2012 to 2013. Out of the 112,094 assaults reported to police agencies outside of New York City, females were the victim of 80 percent of intimate partner assaults. Furthermore, also in 2013, 48 percent of female homicide victims aged 16 and older were killed by an intimate partner.

Data continues to show that violent felons are highly likely to repeat offenses. A United States Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 71.3 percent of violent offenders were arrested for a new crime.

A01833 was referred to correction on Jan. 13, where it remains. The Senate version, S00513, was included in the language of the Senate's approved budget bill.

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1 comment:

  1. Before now, the Assembly said it would hinder those that had been convicted of violent felonies would find it hard to return and fit in to society if the list Brittanys' Law was passed. Really?
    As an ex-Police Officer, I recommend that this bill become law!


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