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Ohio Senate approves mandatory parole notices

5:52 AM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Senate has approved a bill requiring violent crime victims and their families be notified when an offender is up for parole or is being released.

The proposal would toughen current law, which allows victims and families to opt into a notification system about such releases.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the measure approved unanimously Thursday would apply to victims of murder, aggravated murder, first-, second- or third-degree felony violence offenses, or other offenses punishable by a life-imprisonment sentence.

The measure is dubbed "Roberta's Law" after a 15-year-old girl raped and beaten to death in 1974 by an inmate who served 30 years for the crime, then molested another girl two years after he was paroled.

The bill goes next to the Ohio House.

The Associated Press

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