The June 2 article, "Man gets nine years for bat assault," was disturbing, to say the least.
Why? First off, the fact that Level 3 sex offender Christopher Michael Love was allowed to register a motel room as an acceptable residence is ludicrous. Second, and even more disturbing, is the fact that Level 3 sex offenders are allowed to register as transient (homeless) within Washington state.
When is the Legislature going to stop ignoring the fact that solving these long-overdue housing issues for soon-to-be-released prisoners, especially sex offenders, cannot be accomplished as a whole?
Senate Bill 6157, a "$30 million prison reform package," and Senate Bill 5525 "voucher" program are both miserable failures at unprecedented taxpayer expense, while at the same time allowing public safety to once again fall by the wayside.
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The time for change is at hand, and the collective voice of you -- the public -- is a moving force to be reckoned with. In fact, your voice is so powerful that together it can create a much needed change, moving forward, in the right direction, with a novel (crime-free sustainability) approach toward solving these housing issues, by and through one soon-to-be-released prisoner at a time.
Jerry R. Mullikin, Richland