I stumbled onto this blog by accident while looking for a lawyer joke. The
'suck' of this situation is overwhelming, and that's no joke at all.
Having lived in the town of Bremerton, WA., for several years, I have some
experience with the sex offender dynamic- Over the past two decades, other
municipalities moved their 'undesirables' to Bremerton in ever increasing
numbers. Level ones and twos were very common, and level threes
frighteningly plentiful as well; and this was without a facility to house
them. They were just paroled here because we (meaning the other cities
like Seattle and Tacoma, or even Spokane and Yakima on the other end of
the state,) didn't have enough jails and halfway houses to hold them all
Recidivism has been an all-too-frequent occurrence in this area, as one
might expect. (Google 'Bremerton' and 'CPS' and 'Sex Offenders' if you
want to cry yourself to sleep sometime.)
And yet, because we don't have that 'facility NIMBY-nimbus' hanging over
us, our real estate prices remain higher than average for the state. -Call
it "Trickle Down Theory," if you like. They trickle down,
through the cracks, and no one notices until something horrible and lurid
shows up on the news.
Sure, sometimes when a particularly heinous scoundrel is 'situated' into
the community, the sheriff notifies the immediate neighbors. If any of
them have kids, then there's folks yelling down in the gov't building, and
that makes it into the local paper, but it stops there. And our real
estate agents here could be Ringling Bros. pros, the way they contort
around disclosing S.O. status in their clients' neighborhoods.
I hope you folks fare better than us. Take heart in the fact that your
monster has one head; or at most, a handful. One facility is easier to
confront than a whole badly broken system, but we're still trying.
-Stuart Dempster, (late of Bremerton, but now elsewhere, thank