By Tina Kaufmann
COLUMBUS - The development of three new initiatives will intensify Ohio's ability to monitor more than 19,000 convicted sex offenders living in the state.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office will provide sheriffs' offices in the state new technology that will give sex offenders the option of updating their registration information online. The offender then has five days to confirm that information in person. The information program will expedite the reporting process and help alert sheriffs' offices as to when the offender may be appearing.
A smartphone verification app for police offices has also been created. During sexual assault or missing persons investigations, the app allow officers to search for sex offenders' addresses within a quarter-mile radius of the phone.
Investigators who conduct onsite compliance checks will also be able to immediately update the status of a sex offender who is found to be non-compliant. The new information will upload directly to the state sex offender database.
Last, agents with the AG's office have partnered with U.S. Marshals and others to help with locating and extraditing non-compliant offenders who, in the past, may not have been pursued due to budget limitations.
"Ohio has always taken an aggressive, proactive approach to developing tools, processes, and procedures for tracking and monitoring sex offenders," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "We will now be even more efficient at keeping tabs on these convicted criminals living in Ohio's neighborhoods."
- So where is the tracking and monitoring of other high-risk criminals?