House Approves Registry for Convicted Murderers
By aaroncynic in News on Apr 7, 2011 2:30PM
Photo of the Illinois Capitol by Jeremy Farmer Photog.
The Sun-Times reports Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), chief sponsor of the bill, said “I think it would serve to allow all our communities to know who resides there, who our family members are associated with ... so that we know where these murderers live, that we are able to track their movement.” Patricia Rosenberg, mother of the bill's namesake, Andrea Faye Will told the Sun Times “First-degree murder, if you have to live with that for the rest of your life as a perpetrator should you just be able to walk away?” Will's murderer her ex-boyfriend Justin Boulay, was paroled in November and moved to Hawaii to live with his now wife.
The sole dissenting voice (four House members voted present), Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) argued that such a registry could create another stigma for convicted murderers, making it more difficult for them to reintegrate into society. Davis also said it could increase recidivism rates and asked where such criminal registries would stop.