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Violent offender registry bill passes NY Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A bill that would create a statewide registry of violent felony offenders has passed the Senate.

"Brittany's Law" would require certain convicted felons to register with the state's Department of Criminal Justice Service after being released from prison and have their names added to a statewide violent felony offender registry, similar to the sex offender registry.

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The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua who was killed in 2009 by John Edward Brown, who was on parole at the time after serving 2 1/2 years for assaulting his infant daughter.

Brittany's Law would also establishes annual registration requirements for offenders so local law enforcement and the state can monitor the whereabouts of these individuals

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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