About 860,000 registered sex offenders were living in the United States in 2016, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Washington state Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs said Friday that 19,600 of those offenders are in this state.
Today 124 of those live in Walla Walla County: 87 in the city, 17 in College Place, and the rest scattered up to Burbank. Seven sex offenders here are listed as homeless.
Some of those, almost all low-level offenders, live in an ordinary-looking house in the Eastgate area on a block largely surrounded by businesses.
It’s called Joe’s Place, and up to nine men voluntarily live at the address at any one time, said its director, Joe Field.