Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill on Dec. 20th., introduced by Senators Kevin Bacon and Jim Hughes last Spring that will now require crime victims and their families to be notified when the incarcerated party in their case is being considered for parole or early release. (Senate Bill 160 and Analysis)
Current Ohio law provides that kind of notification when an offender is to appear before the parole board, but only if requested by the victim or victim’s family. (See Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Office of Victim Services or Attorney General’s sites). Under Senate Bill 160, it is a mandatory notification system that will ensure victims and their families are automatically notified when parole hearings are scheduled for offenders whom committed crimes against them, though victims can also choose to opt-out of receiving notification.