Governor signs sexually violent predator bill into law

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center left,
stands with supporters as Gov. Jay Inslee signs House Bill 1059. 

On May 18, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to close a loophole in the Sexually Violent Predator statute to prevent the release of offenders who have not been rehabilitated.

The bill will address shortcomings in the current law by: (1) making any report or testimony offered by an expert on an offender’s behalf inadmissible unless the offender has participated in the state’s most recent annual review; and (2) defining treatment as the sex-offender specific treatment program at the Special Commitment Center.

“I am committed to protecting our communities from dangerous predators,” Ferguson said. “This update to our law gives our experts the tools they need to evaluate and treat sex offenders, and gives more incentive for offenders to participate in appropriate and effective treatment.” 

Ferguson was previously the King County Council representative for North King County, representing both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.



2 comments:

Anonymous,  May 26, 2015 at 10:21 AM  

Ferguson is now a legislator in addition to being judge and jury?

Anonymous,  May 27, 2015 at 3:52 AM  

So how many times do you think we will see Inslee's picture in the SAN before the November election? This is the third time this month. A SAN search on the keyword 'governor' reveals that the only other time he was pictured was when he was elected in 2012. This article should be tagged 'Politics'.

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