PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill pending in Rhode Island's General Assembly would require convicted murderers to register with local police when they are released from prison.

The registry would be similar to the existing sex offender registry. Convicted murderers released from prison would have to notify local authorities.

The legislation was introduced this week by Sen. Leonidas Raptakis and Rep. Raymond Hull. Hull says residents should know if there's a convicted murderer in their community.

Other bills proposed this year would seek to make it harder for convicted murderers to win early prison release.

Hull, a Providence Democrat, expressed concern last year after the early release of Alfred Brissette, who served 13 years of a 35-year sentence for killing a Woonsocket woman that he and an accomplice picked at random.

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