Why did the offender get so little time?

Sex offenders in Washington State are sentenced to more time and serve more time than almost any other state. They must serve a minimum of 80% of their prison sentence. They then serve the remainder of their sentence in the community, this is called community supervision. As part of community supervision, they report to a community corrections officer.


They also have specific conditions placed on them while under supervision. Conditions may include no contact with the victim(s) or witnesses, no contact with minors, not to be at any school or playground or other places where children congregate, no use of alcohol or drugs, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, maintain sex offender treatment. Conditions may even include geographic boundaries to further protect former victims.

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1. Why did the offender get so little time?
2. Why is the offender living in my neighborhood?
3. When is the sheriff's office going to move the offender out of my neighborhood?
4. How often do sex offenders really re-offend?
5. Are you going to tell us if the offender moves out of this neighborhood, so we don't have to worry anymore?
6. What do I tell my children about this offender?
7. Now that I know a sex offender lives in my neighborhood, what should I do differently to protect myself and my family?
8. Why do some offenders not have release conditions?
9. How can I get information on other offenders?
10. How can I report suspicious activity by an offender?