Protecting Communities from Sex Offenders
Protecting children and communities from sex predators
SB 6460, requested by McKenna, creates mandatory prison terms for crimes committed with sexual motivation, including a minimum one year for class C felonies, double enhancements for second-time offenders and a clarification that enhancements can be added to misdemeanors as well. Law effective as of 7/1/2006.
SB 6406, requested by McKenna, makes second degree assault of child with sexual motivation a “strike” under the state’s “Two Strikes, You’re Out” law for sex offenses. Law effective as of 7/1/2006.
SB 6407, requested by McKenna to increase the penalty for possession of child pornography from an unranked felony to a Level VI with a minimum one year of prison time, was incorporated into SB 6172. Law effective as of 6/7/2006.
SB 6405, requested by McKenna to strengthen the sex offender registration statute by requiring more frequent registration for the most dangerous offenders, was incorporated into SB 6519, which requires level III sex offenders to register every 90 days. Law effective as of 6/7/2006.
SB 6408, requested by McKenna to extend the statute of limitations in cases where a suspect is identified through DNA testing, was amended onto SB 5042. Law effective as of 6/7/2006.
SB 6410, requested by McKenna to make permanent statewide residency restrictions approved by the Legislature in 2005, which prohibit sex offenders from living within 880 feet of a public or private school, was incorporated into SB 6325. Law effective as of 6/7/2006.
SB 6775, allows personnel at places where children congregate (e.g. community centers and schools) to bar level 2 and 3 child sex offenders from coming onto the property. Any violation will result in prosecution for the new felony crime of Criminal Trespass Against Children. Law effective as of 3/20/2006.
SB 6409, requested by McKenna, makes the SSOSA/SSODA sentencing alternatives for otherwise qualifying sex offenders only available if the offender affirmatively admits he or she committed the crime charged. SSOSA/SSODA is not available if the offender enters an Alford plea (An Alford plea has the same effect as a guilty plea, but all the offender admits to in an Alford plea is that the State has sufficient evidence to convict the offender; the offender does not admit guilt). Incorporated into HB 3277 and effective as of 3/20/2006.
Senate Bill 6239 directs $1.575 million in funding each year through 2010 to be split across three multi-jurisdictional pilot enforcement areas in:
Pacific, Wahkiakum, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Cowlitz counties;
Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties; and
Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Lincoln counties.
It provides a minimum of $4 million in state and federal funding for multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and local government drug prosecution assistance.
The bill also outlines strategies in public education, clean-up, governance and sentencing to reduce the number of people addicted to meth, increase treatment and make sentencing and incarceration more effective for meth addicts.