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State Senate Passes Law Targeting Violent Felons

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Albany, NY (WIBX) – In order to earn good behavior allowances, certain violent felons will have to prove to the state Board of Parole they won’t be a threat to society.

The caveat is part of new legislation passed by the state senate to keep violent offenders behind bars for their full prison term.

Sponsored by senator Joe Griffo, the bill is the result of Linda Turner’s murder last year by paroled rapist, Robert Blainey.

Griffo hopes the bill will strengthen the state’s current laws, saying “we moved to show that no community anywhere in this state should have to endure the kind of fear that gripped Oneida County because of gaping holes in existing policies.”

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

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