Under newly introduced Ohio legislation, prosecutors would be required to inform crime victims and their families in advance of perpetrators' parole hearings. Senate Bill 160, known as Roberta's Law, in memory of a young girl who was raped and stabbed to death, would require notification regardless of whether they are requested, which is what current law requires. The notification would have to take place 60 days before the hearing. - HTN Foundation
Bill would require victims be informed
November 25, 2011
By MARC KOVAC
Dix Capital Bureau
COLUMBUS -- Prosecutors would be required to inform crime victims and their families in advance of their perpetrators' parole hearings, under legislation introduced in the Ohio Senate.
Senate Bill 160 has been titled Roberta's Law, in memory of a young girl who was raped and stabbed to death.
"In spite of the fact that she was a victim of such a heinous crime, her family was not notified when her assailant was paroled," said Sen. Kevin Bacon, a Republican from Columbus. "... Her father read it in the newspaper that he was being paroled. As such, Roberta's father was never afforded the opportunity to speak at his parole hearing."