It is pretty well-known that one of the consequences being convicted of a sex offense can have is being listed on a sex offender registry. However, in some states, the use of registries is not just limited to sex offenses. The use of registries for non-sex offenses had been expanding in the U.S. over the past several years, according to an Associated Press review.
Among the non-sex offenders that some states require to submit to registration are:
Ohio is one of the states that doesn’t limit its use of criminal registries to just those convicted of sex offenses. It also has a registry for individuals with five or more drunk driving convictions. Also, some state lawmakers are looking into the possibility of adding a registry for non-sex violent offenses.
As that last point illustrates, in addition to the use of criminal registries having grown in recent years, there is the potential for it to grow even more, as some states are considering adding additional registries.
In this environment of expanding use of registries, there are some very important questions to ask regarding registries, including:
What do you think of the trend of increased use of registries? What do you think the long-term implications of this trend will be in the nation as a whole and here in Ohio?