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OH: Committee recommends eliminating residency restrictions for sex offenders

A proposed change to Ohio’s Criminal Code could eliminate residency restrictions for sex offenders.

The Criminal Justice Recodification Committee has finished reviewing Ohio’s extensive criminal code after two years. However, not everyone agrees with some of its recommendations. Full Article

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  1. David

    Director of government affairs for the Fraternal Order of Police, Michael Weinman, said, “From a police perspective you’re getting the potential offenders away from those victims.”

    If that’s truly the rational, then logic demands that convicted drug dealers and DUI drivers should have identical residency restrictions.
    A more intelligent voice:
    State Public Defender and vice chair of the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee Tim Young said “I want our government to spend money on things that are effective and if we’re spending money on this and we spend millions on this, on enforcing these restrictions, on enforcing registration requirements …. I know that means we’re taking money away from actually making my children safe.” 👍

  2. commenter1

    Go figure that law enforcement is in favor of the residence restrictions?! When you have a public policy that just doesn’t work and costs a lot of money to implement of course they are in favor of it because it justifies their jobs!

    • Timmr

      Maybe they like hunting for registrants under bridges. Plenty of overtime pay?

  3. DavidH

    Seems we’ve entered an era where the arguments against residency and other restrictions is now being argued in such a way that says” the data doesn’t support your conclusion.” It’s becoming data driven! It’s where we need to be!

  4. It doesn't work.

    They are wasting resources and a whole lot of money monitoring me. I am NOT going to reoffend. For what 15 years in prison? My orig crime wasn’t a pleasure like people may think.

  5. AJ

    What a huge, wonderful step in the right direction! Incredible.

    There’s little surprise that LEOs want the status quo. That’s where they feel the most comfortable: with what they know. They are not agents of change, their role is to maintain. They also, typically, don’t seem to dig deeper into issues to develop an informed opinion. They just follow orders. I don’t recall ever hearing a LEO saying a law should be abolished. They love laws, they live through laws.

  6. Erica

    The whole registry is stupid. Its all about money. Making someone register their information is not going to stop them from re offending if that’s what they want to do. Some people on the registry are dangerous and are predators therefore they should be handled accordingly. Most people on the registry are not predators, didn’t even rape someone, and was falsely convicted. People do lie out of spite. Making someone stay 1000 feet away from a place doesn’t mean they can’t get there and stand there all day if they wanted to. smh

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