Re: “Pierce shouldn’t be destination No. 1 for predators” (editorial, 1-29).
Pity the poor people of Pierce County. Seems like they are getting more than their fair share of violent sex predators being released from the Special Commitment Center still located on McNeil Island four years after the state prison on it shut down.
Why is that? Could it be because the powers that be in Pierce County insist that the SCC cannot be moved off McNeil Island? Nor reasonably relocated anywhere else in Pierce County? Or, for that matter, in all of Washington state? That’s curious.
For if the Department of Corrections could not make the prison pencil out fiscally on McNeil Island, how can the Department of Social and Health Services do so now with the SCC?
When the state prison was finally closed on McNeil Island in 2011, The News Tribune wondered editorially when the next seemingly inevitable shoe would drop. That is, when would the state likewise boot the SCC off that paradise isle?
Until it does, pity the poor people of Pierce County and their ever-growing population of predators.