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Tag: Special Commitment Center


Audit on Special Commitment Center medical costs disputed

State agencies don’t typically put out press releases alerting reporters to unfavorable audits.

The Department of Social and Health Services did today. Apparently that’s how strongly it disputes a conclusion by State Auditor Brian Sonntag’s office that it’s wasting money on medical services to the violent sex offenders housed on McNeil Island.

The audit, prompted by a whistle-blower, says DSHS should sign contracts with medical providers that frequently treat Special Commitment Center residents on the mainland. Auditors looked at 16 providers of off-island treatment and could find only one with a contract.

DSHS spends more than $2 million a year on emergency

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House: Limit computer access at sex-offender lockup

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

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