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End of Sentence Review Committee

The Department of Corrections and its partners strive to keep communities safe. One issue of community safety is managed through the registration and notification of sex offenders and kidnappers leaving state incarceration.

Per RCW 72.09.345 , the purpose of the End of Sentence Review Committee (ESRC) is to recommend sex offender notification levels, review available release plans, and make appropriate referrals. The committee reviews offenders preparing for release from state prisons, mental hospitals, or juvenile rehabilitation facilities who have been adjudicated, convicted, found not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to stand trial for:

  • A current sex offense or kidnapping/unlawful imprisonment offense that may require registration per RCW 9A.44.130 .
  • A current sexually violent offense as defined in RCW 71.09.020 .
  • Any other current offense with sexual elements/motivation when the offender has a prior sexually violent offense.

The committee uses the Static 99R , an actuarial risk assessment, as its principal means for recommending notification risk levels to local law enforcement upon their release. Registerable sex offenders are placed in one of three classifications:

  • Level 1 – Low risk of sexual re-offense within the community at large. Sheriffs’ departments share information about them with other law enforcement agencies and may disclose information to the public upon request
  • Level 2 – Moderate risk of sexual re-offense within the community at large. The Sheriffs’ departments may share information about them with schools, child care centers, businesses, neighbors and community groups near their expected residence or places where they are regularly found
  • Level 3 – High risk of sexual re-offense within the community at large. In addition to the type of disclosures made for Level 2 sex offenders, Sheriffs’ departments can provide information about them to the public at large

The ESRC also makes recommendations involving individuals who appear to meet criteria for civil commitment under RCW 71.09 as a Sexually Violent Predator. ESRC also makes recommendations to the courts involving sexually violent predators. Learn more about Civil Commitment.

Due to the number of cases requiring review, the End of Sentence Review Committee includes three subcommittees, in addition to the primary committee, which meet monthly to review:

  • Juvenile sex offenders
  • Offenders who present a lower risk of sexual reoffense within the community at large, registerable kidnappers, offenders who have committed crimes against children and those who may be of interest to the Children's Administration or Development Disabilities Administration
  • Sex offenders who may be referred for civil commitment as sexually violent predators

The ESRC consists of the representatives of state and local agencies that release sex offenders or are impacted by their release. Membership includes:

Law Enforcement Notification

Law Enforcement Notification (LEN) Specialists are responsible for preparing a detailed report on all cases requiring review by the End of Sentence Review Committee. The report will include information regarding the current offense, sex offense history, other criminal history, psychological history, treatment history, infractions during the current incarceration, employment history, adolescent conduct problems, and relationship history.

In addition, they make recommendations for additional conditions of community custody supervision as applicable. As part of the file review process, the Specialists conduct actuarial risk assessments utilizing the Static 99R .

The Specialists also prepare narratives known as Law Enforcement Alerts (LEAs) on cases where the offender is required to register due to a Kidnapping or Unlawful Imprisonment conviction (involving a minor who is not the offender’s child). LEAs are prepared on other serious violent offenses that involve sexual elements but sex offender registration is not required.

Prior to the offender’s release, the Department of Corrections will issue notification and these reviews will be shared with numerous other agencies. These notifications may be sent to the DSHS Children’s Administration or Developmental Disabilities Administration , law enforcement agencies, mental health authorities, and licensing agencies which issue certificates and other documents that could potentially give offenders access to vulnerable citizens.

Resources

Policies

Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to the End of Sentence Review Committee and Law Enforcement Notification.

Laws

Below are state laws (RCWs) that apply to and/or relate to the End of Sentence Review Committee and Law Enforcement Notification.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)