The Sex Offender Task Force – pulled together this summer after the kidnapping and slaying of Tacoma’s 12-year-old Zina Linnik allegedly by a sex offender, has finished its work and issued its report.
The task force made seven recommendations:
* DNA samples should be collected from all current and future registered sex offenders.
* State funding should be provided to assist local law enforcement in conducting in-person address verification of all registered sex offenders.
* Electronic monitoring should be used as a tool for monitoring sex offenders in appropriate circumstances.
* Continue services and support for victims of sexual assault because they are essential to holding offenders accountable.
* Information about Level I sex offenders should be added to the statewide web site if a Level I offender fails to register.
* District and municipal court conviction records should be electronically available to superior courts in an easily accessible format.
* The Sentencing Guidelines Commission should continue discussions about the most appropriate framework for sentencing and community supervision of sex offenders into the future.
In announcing the recommendations, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday that she sent a letter to the sentencing commission and directed members look at creating a sentencing grid specifically for sex offenders. She also said she’ll work with sheriffs and police chiefs to verify addresses of registered sex offenders.