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NY: Violent offender registry bill passes NY Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. — 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. Full Article

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  1. Eric Knight

    I don’t condone the registry under ANY circumstances. However, this will be one group of registrants who will most definitely NOT be harassed or vilified. Imagine a vigilante knocking on the door of a gangbanger who maimed three other bangers trying to kick him out of the neighborhood. It will most probably not end well…

    • Q

      Hi Eric Knight:

      I think allot of us had the feeling this might happen eventually; a registry for people other than “sex offenders.” I won’t be the least bit surprised to see registries for things like drunk drivers, burglars and drug dealers, etc start popping up here and there. I hope this doesn’t happen, but the seeming inability of people to be able to connect the dot’s and actually see that these ill conceived registries do not deter or prevent anything seems to be the norm for most people. The best way I can describe this mental anomaly in most people is they just don’t want to see, let alone admit the truth.

  2. Someone who cares

    Great! Another registry to monitor and create mass hysteria. In the beginning, it will be people like John Edward Brown who will be on the list, but just give it some time, and they will add ridiculous offenses to the list. The person who throws a water balloon at someone, the person who got mad at his wife for talking during TV, so he threw the remote control at her, the kids in school who got into a fight over a girl…..just wait. The list will be so long that nobody will be able to monitor it or distinguish between the real violent person, or the ones mentioned above. Bravo! Keep going. Pretty soon, the whole country will be on some sort of list. Ridiculous.

  3. Q

    I’ll bet if this catches on (registries for people convicted of crimes other than 290 type offenses) these registries won’t destroy the lives of the people listed on them. I’ll bet it won’t make it next to impossible to find stable housing, a job or get them banned from most of society.

    This is what I’m pretty sure is going to happen. Rival gang bangers will be using this new registry (if it comes into being) to track and locate rival gang bangers and there will be more murders, assaults and a general increase of in the activities these people are involved in. This will be made much easier for them courtesy of the state. The proponents of this new registry need to think this through, but I think it’s safe to assume they wont.

  4. td777

    …and if we start registering everyone who gets parking tickets and make them all public, we’ll have all the dangerous criminals posted online in the name of public safety!

  5. MS

    Not to mention the cost involved in California it is $64 million per year. This money in California would be better spent in our education system.

  6. FRegistryTerrorists

    Why do people post here but not at the actual location of the article?

    I think that when an article comes out in the media, all people who are Registered in the U.S. should respond to it. People need to see an overwhelming response that Registries are simply not acceptable and that they will not be tolerated.

    • mike

      Did you comment on this article? I was turned off by the fact that WSJ wants you to use your real name and register an account before you can read or make comments. I’ve registered many accounts on various other sites and I use Disqus. But I wont register with Facebook or any site that wants my ‘real name’. I always get a kick out of reading your militant responses. Keep up the good work!

      • FRegistryTerrorists

        I did not comment on the article for a couple of reasons that I don’t want to get into. And of course, none of us can comment on all articles all the time. I have to limit myself some days in order to do other productive things. But I will say that I comment using various names so you may not see FRegistryTerrorists all over the place.

        I assume that you are listed on a Sex Offender Registry (I can’t remember everyone offhand, sorry). If you are, I encourage to create an account on Facebook precisely because they do not want you to do so. I am Registered and I have had accounts on Facebook for a very long time. I will always be on Facebook, regardless of any laws or rules passed, even if I have to hire an employee to use it for me (in order to not break any laws).

        The other reason to get a Facebook account is that it does allow you to easily post in a lot of places.

        Another thought about Facebook – governments should never use it. Facebook actively attempts to prevent some U.S. citizens from accessing anything that a government would put on Facebook. Therefore, governments should not do that. Facebook is an immoral, un-American, P.O.S. company. Any government that uses it should be sued.

        The Registries are unacceptable and they will only be allowed to exist at the highest possible cost of time, effort, and money. It’s a war.

        • mike

          I have reserved thoughts about subscribing to Facebook. For one, I feel I’d be contributing to their growth and revenue (indirectly through their paying advertisers) if I opened an account with them.
          I am registered also and have been off parole only a couple months. I was forbidden by my parole officer to have a FB account. My computer was subject to searches by both my PO and a local Task force called ‘S.A.F.E.’. The last two times my home was invaded by these goons I was actually in the process of leaving comments on S.O. related articles. I think it made them a little uncomfortable to see that I was active in defending S.O.’s from the bigotry and ignorance that encompasses the S.O. myths. My mother didn’t take any guff from narrow minded idiots and I guess I sorta inherited that trait.
          It is inspiring to see the diversity and strength of this group and it’s accomplishments in a few years. I’m happy to see new people find their way into this site and comment on something they feel strongly about. I too hope this is a springboard that inspires people to comment in other forums when they’re compelled.

      • Q

        I didn’t post a comment for the same reasons.

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