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October 7, 2010

Big Brother technocorrections to help Ohio keep track of sex offenders

Somewhere George Orwell must be smiling as he reads about the latest technocorrections development in this Ohio editorial headlined "Tracking sex offenders."  Here are the details:

Ohio is moving proactively to keep better track of registered sex offenders. With the help of a federal grant, the state is launching an automated system that should save time and money for local sheriff's departments.

The system, called Active Contact, automatically calls offenders to remind them to renew contact with Ohio's electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification program. The system regularly updates the registry and verifies the accuracy of its data.

Discrepancies or a disconnected phone number would alert authorities that an offender may have tried to relocate secretly. That information would allow sheriffs to use resources more efficiently when they assign deputies to investigate offenders' registration in person.

The new system will reimburse sheriffs for pursuing high-level offenders who flee Ohio. Some offenders have avoided prosecution because their home counties can't afford the overtime and travel expenses needed to find and extradite them.

The system is scheduled to take effect in all 88 Ohio counties by next month. Keeping current on the whereabouts of the more than 20,000 registered sex offenders in Ohio, and going after those who don't register with the state's reporting program as the law requires, are essential to public safety.

The name Active Contact for this program seems like an impressive 2010 example of Newspeak.

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Overturning AWA made it a lot harder for the Ohio AG to collect money from these people, so now they have to implement this system to try and get as much revenue as possible from the people they still have control over. Think about it, 15,000 RSOs were reclassified from most dangerous to least dangerous as a reversal. As a result, the AG lost $75 a year from each registrant. Thats a lot of money, and now Cordray (or DeWine, depending) will tighten down as hard as they can on the remaining registrants after losing it, and use grant money to do it so they lose nothing.

Posted by: tbucket | Oct 8, 2010 3:49:39 PM

With the advancement of RFID chips... we can implant them into sex offenders and have an early warning system built into cell phones.

Posted by: JPR | Oct 29, 2011 7:56:35 PM

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