Brittanys Law Passed

06.12.13 | Abby Lutcher

On Tuesday, “Brittany’s Law” was approved. According to state officials, the bill “would increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons.” The bill (S1850A) “establishes a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.” State officials said, “the law was named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother Helen Buchel in Geneva, Ontario County. The killer, John Edward Brown, was on parole at the time of the murder. He was released from prison after serving 2 ½ years of a three-year sentence for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003." The bill was sent the Assembly for its consideration.