Ohio Considers Sex-Crime Bill; Expands Crimes in Which DNA is Collected

The Ohio legislature is currently considering a bill that would expand the list of crimes in which offenders are required to hand over DNA to the state. These crimes include voyeurism, public indecency, soliciting a prostitute and prostitution. Some legislators, who believe that career criminals can be connected to larger crimes via these misdemeanors, support the bill, as well as Democrats who believe that this bill is a step towards ending human trafficking. Others remained concern about the infringement of citizens’ 4th Amendment rights, as well as an unnecessary expansion of the list of crimes for which DNA is required to be submitted to the state.

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