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State officials place Tenino sex offender home on hold!

“Tenino area residents protested a proposed sex offender housing facility during a Thurston County board of commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.” Credit: Thurston County video via The Olympian.

Tenino sex offender home on pause, state officials say. Here’s what else they shared

From The Olympian (accessible text):

A sex offender home near Tenino did not receive its first resident on Wednesday, Feb. 1, as planned because the owner must first resolve code compliance concerns with Thurston County.

Washington state officials from the Department of Social and Health Services as well as Department of Corrections held a public webinar about the sex offender housing program on Wednesday.

Kevin Bovenkamp, Assistant Secretary at DSHS, briefly updated the public on the status of the home owned and operated by Supreme Living LLC, a private residential services provider. But most of the meeting was dedicated to answering questions about the state’s Less Restrictive Alternative program for sex offenders.

The controversial LRA community home is located on a 15-acre property at 2813 140th Ave. SW. Supreme Living planned to accept its first resident at the home by Feb. 1. In all, up to five DSHS clients may be housed there, including sex offenders released from McNeil Island Special Commitment Center.

Though the home operates under a state program, Bovenkamp said DSHS and DOC were not involved in the conversations between Supreme Living and Thurston County.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the delay of the opening in a Facebook post. The pause serves as a short-term victory for opponents of the home.

Read more of the other details.

Posted by Steve on February 2, 2023 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

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