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Criminal-supervision group hears Washington proposals

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm with No Comments »
March 31, 2010 5:49 pm

Washington officials say they’re making progress in efforts to change how criminals like Maurice Clemmons who move from state to state are handled.

The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision will form a committee to consider Washington’s requests: that states receiving paroled offenders have information about their history and authority to send them back.

The executive committee of the board agreed unanimously today to form the committee, Washington Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said today after meeting with the board in Lexington, Ky. Gov. Chris Gregoire also sat in on the discussion by phone and Web camera.

The full commission could vote in October on any rule changes proposed by the panel, Vail said.

“It’s encouraging that they listened carefully and seriously considered the issues we raised,” he said. “We had a lot of conversation about those ideas, and they certainly weren’t rejected.”

UPDATED to reflect the full commission would vote.

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