August 17, 2017

Committee recommends eliminating residency restrictions for sex offenders

8-17-17 Ohio:

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – 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.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) opposes this specific recommended change, saying it’s meant to keep children safe. Right now, sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center or pre-school.

“They made some recommendations on a variety of bills,” said director of government affairs for the FOP Michael Weinman. “One of the most alarming is allowing the sex offenders to live anywhere.”

He said the restrictions create a safe zone in areas where there’s a concentration of children.

“From a police perspective you’re getting the potential offenders away from those victims,” said Weinman. ..Continued..

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