If the offender is so dangerous, why is he being let out in the first place?
Washington is one of the states that have specific sentence ranges for each crime. These sentence lengths are called presumptive sentences and are determined by the Washington State Legislature (this is called determinate sentencing). When this offender was sentenced to prison by the judge, the length of required prison time was within the range.

Someone with no previous offenses has a shorter sentence, than someone who has been in trouble before. A person, who has a previous offense against a person, will be sentenced to a longer term than someone whose previous offense was a property crime. These possibilities are included in the sentencing guidelines.

On some occasions, judges don’t follow the guidelines. This is called an exceptional sentence. When a judge has a compelling reason to depart from the sentencing guidelines above or below, he or she must submit the reasons for that departure into the court record.

At some point in time, the offender will have served the sentence required by law and must be released. Once the sentence is finished, neither the Law Enforcement Agency, nor the court has the power to tell the offender where to live or work. The information provided in this meeting is supplied to inform you of the location the offender has chosen to reside, and/or those other places the offender is most likely to conduct legitimate activities.

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1. What are the different sex offender levels and what do they mean?
2. Why is the offender moving into my community?
3. If the offender is so dangerous, why is he being let out in the first place?
4. Now that I know a sex offender lives in my neighborhood, what should I do differently to protect myself and my family?
5. What do I tell my children about this offender?