There’s a story out of Olympia this morning regarding Gov. Chris Gregoire’s four recommendations to the sex offender task force. (The task force is a result of this summer’s kidnapping and slaying of Tacoma’s Zina Linnik (pictured below) by a convicted sex offender.)
Chief among them is to ensure the DNA of every sex offender is on file with the state.
Here is the four recommendations and Gregoire’s explanation.
We need to ensure that we have on file DNA of every sex offender.
If we had a DNA sample of Terapon Adhahn on file from 1990, we may have arrested him before some of his latest crimes were committed. I believe our laws have already closed this gap, but if there are any exceptions to a sex offenders DNA being on file, we must ensure that the exceptions are eliminated.
Knowing where sex offenders live is absolutely necessary.
In 2006, we significantly tightened our registration requirements. We now send offenders who fail to register a second time to prison. Please have the Task Force determine the impact of this change. We should consider adding Level I offenders to our sex offender registry website. This could help make Washingtonians aware of individuals like Adhahn.
We must support local law enforcement in monitoring registered sex offenders.
Many sex offenders are under state supervision upon release but, like Adhahn, could complete that supervision and continue to register with local law enforcement. We need to find ways for local law enforcement to monitor all registered sex offenders.
We must consider increased electronic monitoring of sex offenders.
In 2006, I signed a law that allows the Washington Department of Corrections to use electronic monitoring for sex offenders and to recommend to the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board the use of electronic monitoring of sex offenders. I am requesting that the Department of Corrections review all cases of Level III sex offenders under community supervision and determine if such a condition should be imposed in individual cases where circumstances merit the use of this tool.