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SB 231 - Establishes Database of Violent Offenders - Ohio Key Vote


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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (31-2) - (Key vote)
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Title: Establishes Database of Violent Offenders

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to establish and maintain a database of violent offenders.



  • Requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to establish and maintain a database of violent offenders and qualifying out-of-state violent offenders which it shall make available to local, state, and federal law enforcement (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that the violent offender database is not considered a public record (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “violent offender” as individuals who on or after the effective date of this act have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or are confined as punishment for a variety of offenses including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):

    • Aggravated murder;

    • Murder;

    • Voluntary manslaughter;

    • Kidnapping;

    • Abduction that is a felony in the second degree; or

    • Attempt to commit or conspiracy to commit any of the above crimes;

  • Defines “qualifying out-of-state offender” as an individual who has committed a qualifying offense in another state and is aware of the database (Sec. 1).

  • Requires qualifying offenders to remain on the database for 10 years (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes prosecutors to apply for an extension of the period for which an individual must remain on the registry on the basis of violation of terms (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that it is presumed that all individuals who have plead guilty to or been convicted of a qualifying offense will be placed on the registry (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes individuals to challenge such presumption on the basis that they were not the principal offender in the offense and requires such individuals to prove this by a preponderance of the evidence (Sec. 1).

  • Requires individuals to register in person with their local sheriff within three days of becoming eligible for the database (Sec. 1).

  • Requires individuals subject to the database to inform their local sheriff in person of any change of address within three days (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Establishes Database of Violent Offenders


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