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FELONS: Why not also reject the SCC?

Letter by Bill Barker, Shelton on Feb. 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm with No Comments »
February 19, 2014 1:32 pm

Re: “Must Tacoma have the only home for disturbed felons?” (editorial, 2-18).

So housing disturbed felons in places like the Rap House and Lincoln Park Work Release Center, situated so close to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, troubles The News Tribune’s editorial board some. I can understand that.

But then the board expresses its somewhat mistaken belief that Pierce County is completely against being used as a dumping grounds for the Department of Corrections. I think the facts speak otherwise.

After all, Pierce County has already tacitly accepted the Special Commitment Center, with its hundreds of sexually violent predators, staying put on McNeil Island after the state prison closed in April 2011.

And isn’t the SCC just another “sole” place for Washington state to dump its highly undesirable humans? Yet has Pierce County ever complained about the SCC still being so conspicuously within its border? If so, I’m not aware of it. So why wouldn’t the DOC think Pierce County the perfect place to site another exclusive human dump in Washington state?

The bigger question for me is: How is Pierce County ever going to explain all those sexually violent predators still sunning themselves on beautiful McNeil Island out in our sublime South Sound, just a couple of miles offshore from Chambers Bay, as the hundreds of thousands of new visitors to our area (not to mention the millions tuning in on TV or over the Internet) look on during the 2015 U.S. Open?

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