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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Ohio; Ohio Revised Code Annotated

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May 1997
This is a 1997 overview of Ohio law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.

Chapter 109 of Title 1 of the code focuses on the attorney general's role in the operation of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is placed in the Office of the Attorney General. The attorney general is required to adopt rules, in accordance with law, applicable to the procedure by which a person may receive or release information obtained by the superintendent of the Bureau. Other provisions of the law specify what data are to be collected by law enforcement agencies in the State. There are also provisions for the expungement of records and the sealing of a record of conviction or bail forfeiture. Provisions pertinent to the dissemination of criminal justice data and information include a requirement that an investigatory work product be closed to all persons who are not directly employed by the law enforcement agency. Provisions on the availability of public records require that all public records be promptly prepared and made available for inspection to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours. Types of criminal justice information exempt from public access are specified. Sanctions are provided for the wrongful disclosure of information, and procedures are mandated for appealing denials of access to information. The procedure for requesting criminal records is outlined.

Date Published: May 1, 1997