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?