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Brindisi, Griffo Sex Offender Bill Passes In Assembly

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Albany, NY (WIBX) - A bill introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, in response to the November 2011 sexual assault and murder of Utica Motel Owner, Linda Turner, passed the Assembly by unanimous vote. Assemblyman Brindisi says the bill requires that all parole interviews of sexual predators, be recorded and transmitted to the office of mental health to determine the need for civil confinement.

“And really what this was in response to was the incident involving Mr. Blainey. If you recall during his parole release interview he was quoted as saying, ‘society is safer with me in prison, I can sit here and tell you people I’m not going to do it again, but I am going to do it again,’ things to that affect, so what happened in that case was that was never transmitted to the office of mental health, and therefore there was never any consideration for civil confinement. What this bill will do is make sure that there are transcripts made of these proceedings, and submitted to the office of mental health for consideration for civil confinement,” he said.

The bill is the assemblyman’s first piece of legislation to pass the assembly. He says had this law been in effect at the time of convicted sex offender and murderer, Robert Blainey’s parole hearing, it’s possible that he would have never been let out of prison to commit additional crimes. The bill is now headed to the Senate where it’s being introduced by Senator Joseph Griffo. If approved in the senate, the law will go into affect immediately once it’s signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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