Roberta's Law

Senate Bill 160, dubbed "Roberta's Law," was signed into law by Governor Kasich last week.  The law provides for automatic notification to victims when an offender is scheduled for a parole hearing, though victims could choose to opt out.  The legislation was introduced in response to the story of Columbus resident Roberta Francis, who was 15 years old when she was brutally raped and murdered in 1974.  Her killer was paroled in 2005 after serving only 30 years of his life sentence, but Roberta's family didn't find out until they read about his release in the newspaper.  Until now, victims and families had to request to be notified about when an offender is to appear before the parole board.