Group Home Murder Spurs New Legislation

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

Lockport, NY (WKBW)- The death of 24-year-old Renee Greco in 2009 rocked the City of Lockport. Greco was a counselor at a group home for troubled teens when she was bludgeoned to death by two residents. The teens, Anthony Allen and Robert Thousand, are now behind bars convicted of the brutal attack. Greco's death has spurred state lawmakers to push for more accountability and new policies within the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Senators Catherine Young and George Maziarz are sponsoring 'Renee's Law', to help provide safeguards for both staffers and residents.

The proposed law would reform the NYS Juvenile Justice System by:
-Mandated staffing levels.
-Requiring the disclosure of a youth's criminal record.
-Notifying local police agencies when a troubled teen is placed in their jurisdiction.
-Establishing a risk assessment system when teens are placed at facilities, based on their criminal history.

"The incompetence of the OCFS, put Greco in grave danger," said Senator Maziarz. "This legislation will prevent this from happening again."

The proposed law is already in committee in the senate and has also been introduced in the assembly. Local delegates expect it to pass the senate by the end of this legislative session. No word on when the assembly will vote on it.