Virtually every state in the country has enacted special
measures against sex offenders. Washington is no exception.
A few states — namely
Georgia and Iowa — have
established the most stringent laws, creating de facto banishment
for communities for some offenders.
How? By requiring offenders to live hundreds, sometimes
thousands of feet from school bus stops. It makes living in a
community almost impossible.
One story by the Washington Post ran as our
choice” on the Kitsap Sun’s front page a few weeks back. I also
story looking at Washington’s current and new sex offender
Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge told me that
Washington’s laws are some of the toughest in the country,
primarily due to “determinant plus”
sentencing. That sentencing re-evaluates offenders at the end of
their prison terms and examines whether they should be released or
civil confined indefinitely.
That’s a fate that may be awaiting Kevin
Coe (pictured from his 1981 trial), the so-called “South Hill
rapist” from Spokane. Though he’s served a 25-year sentence, the
state’s attorney general’s office is attempting to keep Coe
confined at McNeil Island, where about 236 other sex predators are
being held past their criminal sentences.
Though numerous new sex offender laws have been passed in
Washington in the past year (see a list of them here),
one that has caused some confusion of late is the creation of
“community protection zones.”
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