WA: State panel in damage control after confusion about eliminating sex offender notifications

Source: komonews.com 10/2/23

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.

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Walk it back, walk it back, waaaaay back…smh

What a pity. I don’t get why politicians here are always so afraid of far right backlash. They should’ve just retorted “This idea is freaking common sense, it works this way everywhere else in the world. What makes america so unique?”

Unsurprisingly the comments section on that article are incredibly ignorant and oddly political.

The public outcry is basically “we have the right to know who to lynch! For the children!” Any rational, level-headed, evidence-based response will only be met with enraged emotion, bad faith arguments, and hyped up, politically motivated propaganda. Attempting to reason with most people over public notification issues is futile, because they are convinced that all the “bad guys” are far outside of their social group (while at least 90% of the time the complete opposite is true.) They have no use for concrete data, they just want their pound of flesh.

This is unfortunate. I was optimistic that Washington would follow guidance of the Model Penal Code. Who knows now…

160 people were arrested in Ohio for sex trafficking last week and not one of them was on the registry. The arrests included EMT, Nurses, and Former Law enforcement. People are being taught to bark up the wrong tree while there are public officials are doing it right under everyone’s nose.

WOW….just WOW!!!
So, FINALLY, we have an attempt to adopt one of the many changes that the ALI made to the MPC, and what do we get??? A total SH*TSHOW from the Karens and Kens. Unbelievable!!!!

So I would like to question something on this article –

Brad Meryhew is not taking advice from the ALI and is the board member backtracking this, but here is what is odd.

He is a SEX OFFENSE DEFENSE LAWYER? Are you kidding me, or did I read this all wrong? Can’t lose law firm money or what is going on here?

The takeaway from that billboard? Anyone convicted of a sex offense is a predator. The media just loves those trigger words… Predator, victim, innocent. Gives the perception of the sweet innocent little 4 yr old child that has no clue about anything sexual and the big bad preying wolf hiding in behind the bushes waiting to pounce on their next “victim” for their own uncontrollable sexual urges. And what’s going to save this terrible tragedy from occurring? The government and their blessed hitlist via the registry. No need for parents to raise their children right or to be involved in their lives. No sir, just more fear, less facts.

So it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This could have all been slapped down if the USSC listened to actual experts instead of an outdated article.