Sheriff's departments will soon have a hand in keeping track of the state's 25,000 sex offenders.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced two new grant-funded programs Wednesday at the Wood County Sheriff's Department, flanked by sheriff's deputies from across Northwest Ohio.
The first program is a callback system called Active Contact. The phone system will automatically call registered sex offenders five days before their next registration renewal appointment.
"If the number of the offender is never answered, there is a greater likelihood he is not at the address he has provided," Cordray said.
Officials hope the system will help compliant offenders keep track of their upcoming appointments, reducing the number of hours deputies spend tracking down offenders who miss their appointments.