Following recent tragedies in the law enforcement community, Rep. Troy Kelley says that it’s time to take a closer look at the interstate compact that allows the exchange of parolees between Washington and other states. “Washington imports nearly three times the number of offenders we export,” Kelley said. “Clearly, these numbers are disproportionate. In the meantime, we’re incurring the additional costs for those offenders, as well as an increased threat to our safety.”
Kelley’s House Bill 2624 requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to assess the cost and feasibility of establishing memoranda of understanding with states from which Washington state receives the highest number of offenders for supervision. Washington lawmakers are then required to provide a solution to any inequitable distribution of costs, benefits and obligation affecting Washington under the Interstate Compact and report to the Legislature.
“I think that we need to address this immediately,” Kelley said. “This is about taking the right steps right now to identify what’s not working.” As a 28th District legislator, Kelley’s district includes the southwest part of Pierce County, not far from where four Lakewood law enforcement officers were slain last November by an offender from Arkansas. Passing the House unanimously on Friday, Kelley’s HB 2624 will move to the Senate for further consideration.Print This Post