Snohomish County Bans Sex Offender Housing

EVERETT - Snohomish County is joining other local governments around the state in saying it doesn't want to be home for some of Washington's most violent sex offenders.

The County Council imposed a one-year ban on halfway homes for sex offenders.

The state Department of Social and Health Services had been considering putting one on land south of Monroe.

The ban would give the county time to draft regulations governing where those facilities can go.

Four Locations Selected

The state Department of Social and Health Services had selected four locations as finalists for a halfway house for sex predators getting released from prison.

Three Eastern Washington towns on the list of finalists -- Walla Walla, Airway Heights and Medical Lake -- earlier issued their own bans on the homes.

Tim Brown, acting assistant secretary of the state's Health and Rehabilitative Services Division, says that despite the bans, more communities are going to have to accept the supervised housing or a court could simply shut down the program and set the offenders free.