Chapter 9.94A RCW
(1) The administrator for the courts shall organize and administer a blue ribbon panel which shall conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the special sexual offender sentencing alternatives provided for in RCW 9.94A.120(7)(a) and (b).
(2) The blue ribbon panel must include among its membership the following persons:
(a) A member of the sentencing guidelines commission;
(b) A department of corrections official with expertise in sexual offender treatment;
(c) A therapist specializing in sexual offender treatment with expertise in treating offenders sentenced under RCW 9.94A.120(7)(a);
(d) A therapist from the Harborview sexual assault center who specializes in treating victims of sexual abuse;
(e) A defense attorney with expertise in defending persons accused of sexual assault;
(f) A prosecutor with experience in prosecuting sexual assault crimes;
(g) A superior court judge with expertise in sentencing and monitoring offenders under RCW 9.94A.120(7)(a); and
(h) A member of the Washington council on crime and delinquency.
(3)(a) The panel shall evaluate the effectiveness of the special sexual offender sentencing alternative to determine whether the offenders, victims, and the community are benefiting from the sentencing alternative;
(b) The panel shall devise a series of recommendations regarding the following:
(i) The minimum qualifications, education, and experience a therapist must have before a therapist may assume responsibility for the sexual treatment ordered under RCW 9.94A.120(7);
(ii) A mandatory procedure for reporting violations of treatment or sentencing requirements in a timely manner to the sentencing judge and prosecuting attorney;
(iii) Guidelines for extending the two-year period of supervision if violations are not reported in a timely manner;
(iv) The appropriate length of treatment and community supervision during and after treatment; and
(v) Any other recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the treatment sentencing alternative.
(4) The panel shall report the study results to the legislature in writing no later than September 1, 1991.
[1989 c 332 § 4.]
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