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House: Limit computer access at sex-offender lockup

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm with 12 Comments »
March 5, 2010 4:06 pm

Restrictions on sex offenders’ computer use at the Special Commitment Center cleared a deadline to advance today, passing the House. Now we’ll see if senators agree with the House’s scaled-back version.

The Senate had unanimously agreed to prohibit sex offenders’ access to computers unless they are deemed necessary for treatment. Sen. Mike Carrell pushed the restriction, outraged that 16 sex offenders were charged with or suspected in possessing child pornography over the past three years.

The objection in the House: That the restriction might make the Special Commitment Center look too much like a prison when the state has told judges it’s a treatment center.  It took years of court fights to allow the state to imprison people at the McNeil Island facility who are deemed too dangerous to release, even though they have finished their prison sentences.

“It’s imperative that we not imperil the Special Commitment Center,” Rep. Christopher Hurst said on the House floor today.

So the House voted to ban computers only when doctors find they would harm the treatment of a particular sex offender. Other inmates could still use computers. In any case, like the Senate version, the bill would allow all inmates to use simple word-processing computers that can’t view pictures and video. The bill passed 97-1.

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  1. nonfactor says:

    That they even HAVE Internet access makes me want to vomit.

  2. corvairdude says:

    i agree nonfactor yuck why do they need internet for?…………….nevermind.

  3. lordbulliwyf says:

    Talk about the HUG A THUG STATE!!!!!!!
    You have gotta be kidding me??? Why in the world would you even waste state TAX PAYERS $$$$$$ on any type of computers for any inmate??? This is joke, right???? Anyone, Anyone???

  4. ReformNow says:

    Fire Congress, Fire Olympia

  5. Now I know what the meaning of crime doesn’t pay. They don’t pay for internet,medical,dental, food, electric, Child support. but the do have to pay a dollar a month for cable. When they do get out they still don’t pay Thanks to DSHS

  6. What is wrong in Olympia.. change the dang laws.
    Allow the judges to give out life prison sentences. To many of these dangerous animals are released only a few end up on McNeil.

    Stop finding more ways to tax us and do something constructive.

  7. comment_tayter says:

    Internet access? INTERNET ACCESS!!?? You _must_ be joking…. No effing way… Give me a break!

    Call me… I’ll be glad to personally join a work party to help rip every computer and inch of internet cable out of the prisons for free.

  8. outdoorluvr says:

    What part of “SCC is not a prison” do people not understand. These offenders have served their time and are not prisoners. They are not being held against their will. But they still should not have a damn computer. And yes the taxpayers pay for all of it. This is the most criminal friendly state I have ever lived in. That is a democrat thing for sure. Feeling sorry for criminals.

  9. outdoorluvr says:

    What part of “SCC is not a prison” do people not understand. These creeps are not prisoners. It is a rehab center for sexual predators. They have served there time (however short it may have been) and are not being held against there will. But they still should not have damn computers. And yes your tax money pays for it all. This is the most criminal friendly state I have ever seen. You can thank a democrat for that. They feel sorry for everyone, except hard workers.

  10. I say limit their computer time, make them go without supper and give them a good spanking before they go to bed. Right father?? :o)

  11. Nothing in the story indicates that these guys have internet access. In fact, they don’t. (see http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004111167_mcneil07m.html).
    I like the idea of giving them access to a word processer that has no graphic capability.

  12. interWOLFone says:

    This isn’t really a joking matter, Alinup.

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