In the state of Washington, the Department of Corrections DOC has been assigned with the responsibility of supervising certain convicted sex offenders. Supervision entails maintaining a sexual offender registry in which convicted perpetrators of sexual crimes have to register. They are also subject to other restrictions and requirements that the DOC and the courts impose on them. For example, a convicted sex offender may be required to report to a Community Corrections Officer CCO who is tasked with ensuring he or she abides by the law. Also, offenders are prohibited from owning their personal computers.
United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website
Washington has some of the strongest sex offender registration and notification laws in the nation and was the first state to implement involuntary civil commitment for the most dangerous sexual predators. Every year about 1, sex offenders return to the community upon completion of their criminal sentences. Before their release, Level 3 offenders undergo a review to determine whether or not they should be referred for possible civil commitment to the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center SCC as a sexually violent predator. Washington law defines an SVP as any person:. If a judge finds offenders meet this criteria, they are held indefinitely at the SCC until their mental condition improves such that they may be released into society. The expertise of the unit permits it to handle all aspects of sex predator cases, including pre-filing investigations, pre-trial motion practice, trial, post-commitment proceedings and appeals. In Fiscal Year , the unit tried eight cases resulting in seven new sexually violent predators being committed.
On Washington's McNeil Island, the only residents are 214 dangerous sex offenders
Read about Megan's Law. Important Information for Sex Offenders. New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available to the public over the Internet information about certain sex offenders required to register under Megan's Law.
AP - A conviction of a man for failing to register as a sex offender in Washington state was overturned, an appeals court ruled. The state Court of Appeals overturned the conviction Tuesday, citing recent law changes, the Longview Daily News reported. Bradley Lewis Reynolds, 49, was convicted of sexual misconduct in Oregon in and was required to register as a sex offender, but later moved to Washington state, authorities said. Reynolds was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender five times in Washington state in , , , and , prosecutors said.