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State Parole Board to get more discretion over violent criminals

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: State Parole Board to get more discretion over violent criminals
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NEW YORK STATE -- State legislators have created a bill which would keep violent criminals in prison for their full sentence.

According to state law, the state Parole Board has no authority to keep an inmate in prison if they have signed the terms of their conditional release.

This was the case with Robert Blainey, a convicted serial rapist. He was only required to serve two-thirds of his indeterminate sentence because of good behavior in prison. Blainey raped and killed 68-year-old Linda Turner soon after his release.

"This is an individual who said, 'I will do bad again. I will hurt someone if I'm released.' And the parole board had no recourse but to release this individual," said Senator Joseph Griffo. "That is ridiculous, it's unacceptable and a person is dead because of that."

This new bill would give the state Parole Board flexibility to determine whether or not a violent felon would be a threat to society if released early, giving them the authority to keep that offender in prison for his or her full sentence.

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