HB 87 – Sex Offender Nursing Home Notice (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_87
HB 87 would require a sheriff to mail notices to a long-term care facility if a tier III sex offender, child offender, or an offender who is a juvenile registers nearby or becomes a resident within the facility. The manager of the long-term care facility would then be required to report the notice to all residents or sponsors of the residents.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Letson (D), Rep. Retherford (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Derickson (R), Rep. Gonzales (R), Rep. Grossman (R), Rep. Rogers (R), Rep. Ruhl (R)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0087?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
The ACLU of Ohio supports initiatives to reduce sexual abuse and rehabilitate those who have committed sexual offenses. Unfortunately, studies show that laws such as HB 87 are not a deterrent and actually make rehabilitation more difficult. The limited resources of law enforcement would be better spent on treatment for the offender and counseling for victims.