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PIERCE COUNTY: Don’t dump sex offenders here

Letter by Kathleen Kupper, Tacoma on March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm with 6 Comments »
March 8, 2012 2:09 pm

I am perplexed as to why sex offenders who committed their heinous acts in counties other than Pierce are being relocated here, putting vulnerable women and children at a greater risk. Four out of six sex offenders profiled in The News Tribune (3-6,  3-8) committed their crimes in other counties.

Years ago I was the executive assistant to a five-member board co-chaired by John Ladenburg, then county executive. All members of that board agreed to make it very clear to the Department of Corrections that Pierce County did not want to be the dumping ground for offenders whose crimes were committed in other parts of the state. Not only did we not want to absorb the costs associated with parolees but we did not want to put the citizens of Pierce County at risk.

I’d like to challenge our current and future elected officials to take a strong stance on this subject. Wouldn’t our funds be better spent on supporting schools and job creation?

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. They are not going to be “dumped” in Bellevue!

  2. surething says:

    Men are also victims, not just women and children.

  3. Lets just kill them, you molest a kid, you die. Pretty simple.

  4. Kathleen Kupper, Tacoma Unless you were part of hundreds who sign the Petition to put the 1 strike law on the ballot don’t bitch because some of us tried to prevent this.

  5. itwasntmethistime says:

    Once a child molester, always a child molester. I think we should dump them all on a remote island and let them molest each other to their heart’s content.

  6. The reason why those sex offenders: “Four out of six sex offenders profiled in The News Tribune committed their crimes in other counties” were placed in Pierce County probably had to do with the Original County of Origin “law” that was passed a few years ago. This law makes it virtually impossible to place “any” offender in any county other than the one he committed his first Felony in. This means that those “sex” offender committed their First Felony in Pierce County and becasue of that, they had to go back there. Now there are ways around this, they can say I haven’t lived in Pierce County since I was 16 when I committed my first Felony, or I have no family support or no job there. So the reason why they are there probably has to do with the Original County of Conviction, even if the crime was committed when he was 16…… or they could be there because they had no support in their Original County of Conviction and all of their support was in Pierce….. crazy…..

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