The McNeil Island Correctional Center in Washington state, photographed here in 2007, was closed to save money, but the Special Commitment Center, where sexually violent predators are indefinitely held for treatment after completing their prison sentences, remained open.
A former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island – which houses the state’s most dangerous sex offenders – should not have profited from a contract that he negotiated when he was a superintendent, the state auditor wrote in a report.
Eddie Weber runs 11 clean and sober houses in Kent, Wash. Five of those are full of sex offenders, which is a problem according to the city of Kent. The city attorney has promised to start fining Weber $2,500 dollars a day – $500 for each house – because those houses violate the city’s zoning code.
Weber said Kent’s action is part of a larger trend where Draconian laws are enacted to drive sex offenders out of communities. Weber spoke to KUOW’s David Hyde.