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WA: Sheriff’s Seeking Input on Proposed Domestic Offender Registry [House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 5244]

[ Washington State]

The Franklin County Sheriff’s office posted some comments on their Facebook page, seeking public input on two companion bills (one in House, one in Senate) being debated in Olympia.

:House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 5244 would create a database for domestic violence offenders, similar to that which has been out for years for sex offenders. The Sheriff’s Department clarifies what the bills would do. Here’s part of that commentary:

“House Bill 1080 and companion Bill SB 5244 would mandate the registry of persons convicted of a serious violence offense against a family or household member. The “family/household” definition is a fairly long list including children, parents, spouse, ex-spouse, roommates, etc.. The bill defines “serious violence offense” as a felony domestic violence conviction, or a second misdemeanor conviction.

The law in essence would require, as part of sentencing, that the Judge require the person to register much in the same way that sex offenders are required to register now.

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HB 1080

SB 5244





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Awesome! When we start getting politicians on a registry then we will see things change.

@Eric Before then I bet when they are charged with felonious DV acts, then the ramifications will really start to be felt by those who are in public office, public servants, etc because of the potential consequences of a registry being part of the sentence. But it is just regulatory, right? Nothing to see here, move along. @Will Allen Well put comments on the website detailing this story!! Let’s hope they do pass it as part of the sentence because then it does show what it really is, a punishment, not a regulatory measure. Come to think of the other… Read more »

Slippery slopes.

I would like to see a crooked cop registry.

The first amendment would protect the creation of a list or website for all types of civil turds, including cops and politicians.

I suspect DV is right up there with DUI as the most common crime among the “upstanding” people of our communities. From cop to judge to legislator to sports coach to principal, there will be all sorts of people showing up on this list. I mean c’mon, two misdemeanor convictions? There have to be plenty who’ve already achieved that. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Who in their right mind thinks this will have ANY impact on ANYone? Somebody with anger issues will suddenly decide not to beat up his/her partner? Riiiiighhht. Welcome to… Read more »

I would hope that even Registry Supporters/Harassers/Terrorists are not even so stupid that they think their hit lists would stop people from committing a crime. I can’t imagine even many of THOSE people think that. People with brains don’t. The idea behind the Registries is that it warns people about people who have been dangerous in the past (or at least did something that is frowned upon). Registries are to try to help prevent those people from victimizing people in the future. And for that, Registries do make common sense. If that was all Registries did, maybe they’d be acceptable… Read more »

Comparing these other registry proposals to the sex registry is really a joke. A domestic abuse offender will still be able to keep his job, travel, and not have the public scrutiny that we have.
People just here sex offender and think “baby rapist” . It’s that thinking that keeps us in the “worst of the worst” section of society. Now if every abuser was treated like a mass murderer, then maybe it would approach our level of punishment.

That’s the same reason they stopped the Salem Witch trial is when the Judges wife was being accused of witch craft.

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