Worley lived very close to where Joughin went missing, “but law enforcement had no way of knowing it at the time,” Gardner told the Sandusky Register.
The statewide database will be for use by law enforcement in investigations. The Blade in Toledo reports that the database won’t be available online for the public to search like the sex offender registry, but the public could get portions of the information from the registry at their county sheriff’s office.
The Ohio House last week voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The bill passed the Senate by a 24-3 vote.
The Buckeye Sheriffs’ Association, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Joughin’s family all supported the bill.
The (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune reported that Republican state Rep. Theresa Gavarone presented the legislation on the Ohio House Floor and spoke in support of it.
“Out of this tragedy, we’ve learned that Ohio law could be changed to provide better information for law enforcement and the opportunity for citizens to better protect themselves by knowing where convicted violent felons live,” Gavarone said.
Some critics who testified on the bill contended that such databases can create obstacles for people trying to re-enter society after serving their prison sentences.