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Disabled Sex Offender Lawsuit Against Washington State On Hold

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building

Disability Rights Washington announced Thursday that it will delay the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Washington on behalf of mentally disabled sex offenders on McNeil Island at the request of the state.

The delay will give the two sides time to meet to see if they can find a solution that does not involve litigation.

The pending lawsuit alleges that cognitively impaired residents of Washington’s Special Commitment Center are languishing in “back-wards” of the facility. The Department of Social and Health Services says it has requested money in the next state budget to create new programs to better serve those residents.

The SCC is a treatment facility that houses sexually violent predators who’ve been civilly committed after completing their prison sentences.

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