KING COUNTY, Wash. — A state advisory panel is doing damage control after recommendations regarding sex offenders stirred outrage in the community.
The recommendations are for community notifications to be eliminated when convicted sex offenders are released from prison and return to society.
The MPC has found that community notification actually undermines public safety. It also recommends that sex offender registries should be reserved for law enforcement and not be made available to the public. The reasoning is that the attention notifications and registries bring can make it more difficult for offenders to get housing and a job and successfully re-integrate in the community.