Flanked by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, State Representative Dick Muri, and others, Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2271 into law on March 27.
The new law will help prevent the release of sexually violent predators (SVP) into our community.
The bill was prompted by a recent Washington State Supreme Court case, in regards to the detention of John Marcum, which potentially entitled SVPs to a new unconditional release trial each time an annual review found a less restrictive placement or conditional release was appropriate even if the SVP had not shown progress in treatment.
The bill is known as “The Marcum Fix,” taking its name from convicted sex offender John Marcum.
“This fix helps keep the community safe and helps save money and time by preventing automatic and unnecessary court proceedings,” Lindquist said.