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Sex Offender Legislation

Steve Scher
01/05/2006 at 9:00 a.m.

A few stories about sex offenders caught the attention of Washingtonians last year. The arrest of Joseph Duncan, a convicted sex offender, was big news when he was discovered with the missing 8-year-old Shasta Groene at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In August, Michael Mullen shot two registered sex offenders in Bellingham. The Seattle Times recently reported that many sex offenders in our state claim homelessness to avoid registering their location. What can be done? Is a tougher registration system needed? What about harsher punishments for sex crimes? Should sex offenders face longer jail sentences or even the death penalty?

Senator Pam Roach Republican representative from the 31st district
Dennis Carroll attorney who has worked on Sexually violent predator cases for the past 8 years. He is also assistant supervisor in the sex-offender commitment division for the Defender Association in Seattle.
Lucy Berliner director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

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