Lawmaker seeks restrictions on offender location, release

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawmaker from the district holding the troubled Western State psychiatric hospital says measures before the Legislature would restrict what he described as the disproportionate placement of violent offenders in the area after release.

One of the bills would require violent offenders to be released in their home counties, while the other would restrict placement of some in less-restrictive adult family homes. Western State Hospital is in Lakewood in Pierce County.

But legal advocates told a Senate committee Friday that at least one of the bills could interfere with existing rules for siting offenders in the state.