NY Assembly GOP pushes passage of crime victims’ legislation

May 22, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly’s Republican minority want to extend the time between parole hearings for prison inmates doing time for certain violent felony convictions.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, was joined at the state Capitol Tuesday by other GOP lawmakers and Romona Bantle-Fahy to call for the passage of legislation known as “Ramona’s Law.”

The bill would extend the time between parole reconsiderations from the current two years to five years for inmates convicted of violent felonies such as first- and second-degree murder, rape and predatory sexual assault against a child.

The legislation is named for Bantle-Fahy, a western New York woman who was raped and kidnapped in 1992. The man imprisoned for the crimes was denied parole in March.

The Associated Press doesn’t identify sexual assault victims unless they come forward publicly.

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