DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Proposed changes to Ohio’s laws governing sex offender registration could give judges more discretion within that system and make it easier for people to get off the registry if they’re believed to have a low risk of re-offending.
The state Criminal Justice Recodification Committee is set to vote Thursday on whether to recommend the changes.
They would keep the tiered classification system but incorporate more risk assessment and allow offenders to petition to change their status. Another proposal would remove residency restrictions, such as barring sex offenders from living near schools.
The changes would have to be passed by the legislature to become law. The recommendations previously were approved by Ohio’s Sentencing Commission, which comprises sheriffs, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates and lawmakers.