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Gov. Gregoire signs ‘fair share’ law for mental hospitals

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
April 15, 2011 4:40 pm

The “fair share” law that aims to keep counties like Pierce and Spokane from taking a disproportionate share of released offenders was expanded today when Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill applying its restrictions to state psychiatric hospitals.

Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, introduced SB 5105, which requires Western State and Eastern State hospitals to release criminally insane patients into their county of origin, similar to requirements for prisons under a 2007 law.

Exceptions can be made due to worries about the safety of victims in the offenders’ home counties, the location of families, the availability of treatment or other factors.

Read our previous coverage.

Gregoire's bill signing
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