Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 15, 2008 at 12:28am

News Tribune: Pierce County is Inundated with Sex Offenders

Yesterday, the News Tribune ran an article about how the state will now use email to help notify communities about sex offender's movement.



Perhaps far more useful, however, were the statistics showing how many sex offenders are located in Pierce County compared to other counties in the state.

County                 Population     # Sex Offenders  Offenders per thousand
                                                                               Resident


Pierce County...........790,500..........2785..................3.5
King County...........1,835,300..........3949..................2.2
Snohomish County.....686,300.........1637..................2.4
Skagit County...........102,979............281..................2.8

Given the high recidivism rate of felons, Tacoma and Pierce County are never going to get crime significantly lowered until they get control of the State of Washington felony placement program which designates Tacoma as the perpetual felon dumping ground.

The "fair share" legislation was passed some time ago.  What progress has Pierce County made if any since then?  How long until Tacoma and Pierce County will have something close to our pro-rata share of felons and sex offenders?

What Pierce County candidates are more likely to make the most progress?

Here's Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne on the issue:

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A related video by Niko Case on Tacoma.  A bit painful to hear.



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by escaping slave on 7/15/2008 @ 11:31am
Those are only the registered sex offenders too. Don't you love that?

"Tacoma and Pierce County are never going to get crime significantly lowered until they get control of the State of Washington felony placement program which designates Tacoma as the perpetual felon dumping ground."

Want to lower crimes and get rid of felons? If someone is harming you or your property, defend yourself and your property. You may have to fight back because that person may really want your property, but if you want what's yours, fight for it. If not, just pass the buck to someone else to protect it. It's your choice: take matters into your own hands or depend on the system.

They shouldn't group all sex offenders as the same. I question it very much when they're a sex offender for engaging in acts with a 16 or 17-year-old. I'd be interested to hear that whole story and not just the court's conclusion.