This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
In attempting to deal with cop-killer Maurice Clemmons, Washington state got shamelessly played by Arkansas.
When Arkansas officials shipped Clemmons here in 2004, they somehow neglected to inform Washington’s corrections people that he’d been convicted of robbery, theft and burglary in that state in 1989.
Then, after Clemmons turned violent last spring, the folks in Little Rock suddenly lost interest in enforcing the terms of his original parole. They withdrew their warrant for his extradition, allowing him to post bail in November, walk out of jail in Tacoma – and gun down four Lakewood police officers.
Washington put a hold on further parolee transfers from Arkansas until better safeguards are in place. And now Washington’s in the wrong?
Apparently so, according to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, an agreement that governs the transfer of parolees among all 50 states.
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