LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY AGENDA
● NYS S2275 Anthony Palumbo - Lifetime order of protection for victims of violent crime, survivors of homicide victims & witnesses
● NYS A5703 Fred Thiele - Require certified notification when offender is being released from parole supervision
● NYS S2093 Anthony Palumbo, Fred Thiele - Lorraine’s Law, Extend parole terms from 2 - 5 years
● NYS S4698 Anthony Palumbo Amends criminal law allowing multiple family members of the victim’s family to make impact statements
● NYS S3147 Anthony Palumbo Makes Kendra’s Law permanent
● NYS S2501 Anthony Palumbo requires consecutive sentences when a person is
convicted of two or more felonies involving a firearm
● NYS S6263 Alexis Weik Repeals Less Is More
● NYS S5308 Alexis Weik re establishes the assault or unwanted murder of an unborn
child as a crime
● NYS S5316 Alexis Weik gives victims & representatives the right to appeal decisions of the parole board
● NYS A.2423 Jodi Giglio - requires at least one member of law enforcement and at least one crime victim or victim representative to be on the Parole Board
● NYS S6452 Dean Murray - relates to Raise The Age, involving adolescent offenders and the possession or use of weapons
● NYS S1189 Roxanne Persaud - Tiarah Poyau Act allowing written instructions to be provided to the jury
● NYS S5355 Jabari Brisport - Mel’s Law required SUNY and CUNY to establish a policy to award posthumous degrees
CITIZEN’s RIGHT TO KNOW BILL
● Automatic order of protection for victim and witnesses of violent crimes, and domestic
violence if the accused is released under bail reform.
● Require certified notification when offender is being released from parole supervision - allow victim to appeal.
● Change education requirements for victims advocates on federal, state and county level to include personal and life experience, not just inexperienced social workers.
● Initiate advocates at commencement of investigation.
● Abolish Abatement Ab Initio.
● Indicted, but not convicted, criminally insane, and developmentally disabled must be housed in humane but strictly supervised with specially trained staff.
● Require timely (date specific, i.e. 2 months before), certified notification of parole hearings - including notification from AG that “special circumstance” hearings were granted.
● Victims need to have input and be kept informed even in youthful offender cases, especially when violent crimes are committed.
● Victim's right to “appeal parole” decision.
● Accountability for all judges including family court - community review with peers,
victims and advocates.
● Establish a registry for repeat violent offenders.
. ● Require the victim's name to be spoken in court and not be referred as "the deceased."
● Abolish any mandate that financial assistance only be provided for NYS resident
victims - if if the crime happens here, NYS pays!
● At sentencing, the victim speaks last, not convicted regarding impact statements
● Increase financial relief to cover cost of entire funeral, including headstones, etc.
● Victim retraining, educational assistance when no longer possible to work at current job.
● Victim Handbook with all pertinent information to be given at beginning of investigation.
● Develop partnership with at least one funeral home in every county to assist with funerals for victims of homicide.
● Simplify bail assignment to victims family as restitution - require notifying victim of this possibility.
● Reclassify violent and non-violent crimes to be accurate.
● Rewrite penal codes to remove restrictive measures for charging violent crimes,
hitting someone is assault.
● Require employers to give time off for victims/survivors of victims to attend court dates and allow for reimbursement from the state for loss of wages.
● Require State to reimburse parents' income monthly, when lost, as a direct relation to crime.
● Ensure property and evidence that are part of a crime scene, and necessary for survival (such as home, car, etc.), are returned expediently, or replacements immediately provided to victims. Victims should not have to pay upfront costs or reimbursements streamlined (car rentals, hotel rooms, clean up).
● Automatic termination of parental rights if parent murders the other parent with RARE exceptions/mitigating circumstances.
● Address homeless, mental health, and substance abuse issues.
● Establish a serious SOPs for supervised release.
● Establish a Victims Rights Commission - oversight of parole board, District Attorneys and Judges with the ability to investigate and take action.
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