Crouch Calls for Passage of Ramona’s Law

May 21, 2019

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) joined Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) and the Assembly Minority Conference today at a press conference in Albany urging the Majority to pass Ramona’s Law (A.6663). Ramona’s Law is named after Ramona Bantle-Fahy, the survivor of a brutal beating, sexual assault and kidnapping that took place in 1992.

Every two years Ramona’s attacker is up for parole and every two years Ramona and many other victims like her live in fear that their attacker will be freed. Ramona’s Law aims to extend the maximum number of months a parole board must set for reconsideration of a denied application for parole in cases where an inmate was sentenced for a specified violent felony offense.

“This bill is about protecting victims and ensuring their safety and well-being comes before that of their attacker,” said Crouch. “Victims should not have to live in fear and be traumatized every two years. If a person is convicted of violent crime and denied parole they should not get the same wait period as someone who was convicted of a non-violent crime. Too often we have seen the Legislature and governor pass laws pandering to criminals, it’s time we pass a law that helps those affected by these heinous crimes, we need to pass Ramona’s Law this session.”