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SEX OFFENDERS: Is Pierce County still a dumping ground?

Letter by Cheryl Gill, Lakewood on July 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm with 5 Comments »
July 18, 2011 1:44 pm

“Pierce County is a dumping ground for the state prison system, which for years has been sending Tacoma and its neighboring communities more than their share of ex-convicts.”

That was from a 2008 News Tribune article. Just today (TNT, 7-15), all three of the level 3 sex offenders registering to live in Lakewood or Tacoma were convicted of crimes originating in other counties.

I wish this was unusual, but it isn’t. I have seen this time and time again when reading the newspaper. Has anything changed? Are other counties taking back their criminals? It is an outrage if nothing has changed.

While I can understand victims rights advocates not wanting a criminal released back to the same area the victim lives, it isn’t fair to dump them in Pierce County so that we have shoulder the burden in finances to monitor and deal with them as well as the pain and suffering of new victims in our county when the criminals re-offend.

The Legislature and Department of Corrections need to do right by the tax-paying and voting citizens of Pierce county.

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  1. Well written letter- but I also wonder why they are being let out in the first place. We all know that they will reoffend. SInce that is another subject, I agree with you- they should be let back into the communities their crimes originated from and let those communities deal with the monitoring.

  2. ItalianSpring says:

    Answer: YES.

  3. itwasntmethistime says:

    Why do we pander to the lowest rung? Why are convicted sex offenders’ rights more important than the rights of innocent children?

  4. It totally fries me that our system lets these pigs of humanity, perverted devils,etc. out of prison in the first place. Let them stay in prison and get what they deserve. The other prisoners take care of them in the way they should be taken care of. Actually they should be put to death instead of we taxpayers footing the bill to take care of their sorry butts. If I sound cold, too d$%# bad. These people get to run around re-affending while we incarcerate people for smoking pot – whoop te do! I am just thankful to not be raising children in this day of “political correct”, bleeding hearts wanting to protect these vermin, career politicians that care nothing for “we the people” on & on. We, the people need to start screaming about “Our Rights” instead of all the special rights for pukes such as these. God Bless us all.

  5. madmike272 says:

    To Darlin; We have no rights anymore. We are part of the Democrat People’s Republic of Washington. The state knows what is best for you, just ask them.

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