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Maffei pushes new laws based on Renz case

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Maffei pushes new laws based on Renz case
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Congressman Dan Maffei is calling for new rules governing the nation's probation system to avoid another case like David Renz's.

Renz plead guilty to killing Lori Bresnahan, and the brutal rape of a 10-year-old girl. At the time of the attack, Renz was already awaiting trial on federal pornography charges. He was under strict court conditions, including electronic surveillance.

Further reviews showed probation officials failed to follow up on alarms showing Renz tampered with his electronic ankle bracelet.

Maffei said an inspector general is needed to ensure probation officers are doing their job.

"All of the departments, I thought, had Inspectors General, but because of the peculiarity of this being under the court structure, there weren't," said Maffei. "And there isn't the kind of oversight. You know, it's left up to the judges, but the judges are doing their own thing, so the administration really isn't there and this would remedy that."

Maffei expects bipartisan support for his bill which also makes it a crime to tamper with surveillance equipment, and sets national standards for probation officials to respond to alarms showing tampering has taken place.

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