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Arson registry set to begin


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Starting July 1, Ohio will begin to compile a registry of all people convicted of arson residing in the state.

Senate Bill 70, sponsored by state Sen. Tim Schaffer, creates an arson registry in Ohio and requires all offenders to register with their local sheriff’s office following their release. The bill was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Dec. 20, 2012.

According to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services report, Logan County reported no arsons for the year 2010. The report lists the state of Ohio had 3,237 arsons.

The law is not retroactive, anyone convicted of arson who has finished serving their sentence will not be required to register. Anyone serving their sentence or convicted after July 1 will have to register for life with their local sheriff’s office. People convicted of arson who move into Ohio are also required by the law to register, regardless of what state the arson took place and where the person was convicted. The law requires anyone convicted of any arson-related charge to register, except juveniles. Juveniles are not to be included in the registry.  

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