Thursday, January 9, 2014

RI - Bill would create convicted murderer registry

Lou Raptakis
Lou Raptakis
Original Article


By Bill Rappleye

PROVIDENCE - A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require convicted murderers in Rhode Island to register with local police when they are released.

State Sen. Lou Raptakis, D-Coventry, said his bill would mirror the sexual predator law and require murderers to announce where they are living.

"The police department notifies the neighborhood that there's a sexual offender living in the community. Why don't we have that for someone who has committed a first- or second-degree murder that is being released to the community? The public has a right to know that an individual is living in their community especially that has committed a murder," Raptakis said.
- No the public doesn't have a "right" to know, but, if we have one online registry (hit-list) for ex-sex offenders, then why not one for all sinners?

Alfred Brissette was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the "thrill killing" of Jeannette Descoteaux, of Woonsocket. Brissette pleaded no contest to murder charges in the 1999 killing. He was released 13 years later.

"There was an outcry where no one knew where this individual was being placed in the state of Rhode Island after being released," Raptakis said.

Teny Gross of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence said legislation is not the solution.

"Some people actually want to move away from that lifestyle, and really go and live a quiet life somewhere else and they deserve a second chance. They are supervised by the state, the authorities often know about that. If they are doing something wrong, they'll address that," Gross said.
- Isn't it ironic how they say this when it's any other criminal, but someone wearing the "sex offender" label, that all goes out the door?

Raptakis has also filed legislation to require convicted murderers to serve at least half of their sentences.

The full Senate passed the bill last year, but it died in the House Judiciary Committee.

Steven Brown of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said the group is opposed to sex offender registries, but had not seen the bill for the convicted murder registry.


Mark said...

"Some people actually want to move away from that lifestyle, and
really go and live a quiet life somewhere else and they deserve a second chance." The prevailing bombardment of brainwashing that sex offenders do not move away from that lifestyle, rather they continue to "hunt," prey, the need to fulfill their obsessions, hide behind trees, doors, parks, bathrooms and so forth. Therefore, the
"...they deserve a second chance." goes right out the door into the we hate em all, kill them all, send them all to the moon zone.

dlc said...

Let's create a registry for legislators. Everyone knows that every movement of their lips is a lie. Why has American law become all about vengeance? I would guess that for the legislators its all about looking tough on crime to further their own agenda.
What we need is a national law that limits law makers to no more than 12 years total in office. A lawmakers job is not supposed to be a professional vocation. We do this and I am sure we would see a change in the business as usual in Washington and across the country.

Sex Offender Issues said...

Amen! We need term limits for all in politics!