I have struggled since the release of Don (biological abusive father) with the State of Washington and their sex offender level process. Don sexually, emotionally and physically abused us for a lot of years combined. He was abusing my brother and I under the same roof and neither of us knew about each other and he was manipulative and abusive to my mother and we didn't know about her.
This to me is very calculated, violent and beyond words - but in this state it is beliveved that if you are abusive to a family member you are least likely to reoffend. Read the bios of these level 3 offenders - compare to what I have told you about my biological father and the abuse that we all suffered at his hands...and tell me if any of it makes any sense.
Let's add to it, he was kicked out of treatment - for being a hinderance to the offenders that wanted to get better, he still stated that us kids wanted to be raped and asked for it and he was kicked out of treatment for stating he didn't do anything wrong.
He was released from prison...not only did he come out to all his retirement saved up, but he had to register for only 1 year. After that year of probation - he is "off the hook." Literally.
If abuse is happening in the home, secrets are being kept and manipulation is happening. This is some of the most violent - calculated abuse there is. Yes, he wasn't prosecuted for another situation of abuse, but it happened to one of my cousins...long story short, our classification system needs to be re-evaluated.
Here are the definitions of the leveling from this site:
About Classification Levels
When an offender is released from custody and placed back to the community, the Washington State Department of Corrections Community Protection Unit evaluates the offender. They determine the risk classification level for the offender. This evaluation is based on a complex scoring and review process. Community safety is a primary factor in the process. The classification levels basically have the following meanings:
These offenders present the lowest possible risk to the community and their likelihood to re-offend is considered minimal. They normally have not exhibited predatory type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment programs. Many are first time offenders.
These offenders present a moderate risk to the community and they have a higher likelihood of re-offending than the Level 1 offenders. They are considered a higher risk to re-offend, because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs.
These offenders pose a potential high risk to the community and are a threat to re-offend if provided the opportunity. Most have prior sex crime convictions as well as other criminal convictions. Their lifestyles and choices place them in this classification. Some have predatory characteristics and may seek out victims. They may have refused or failed to complete approved treatment programs. Fewer than three percent of all registered sex offenders in Pierce County are classified as Level 3 offenders.
Please open my petition and sign to help Washington State make a decision to review our state offender laws and regulations...change needs to happen! Clic
Petition To State of Washington Legislature for Sex Offender Leveling