A bill has passed the state Senate that would give the State Board of Parole more discretion over violent criminals

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo after Linda Turner of Utica was sexually assaulted and murdered by a paroled rapist.

The Parole Board had no legal authority to prohibit Robert Blainey from being released early even though he admitted society would be safer with him in prison.

Under the bill, a violent felony offender would be required to serve the maximum sentence if there's clear evidence the inmate's release would pose an imminent threat to society

A companion bill sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindis awaits action in the Assembly.