Chapter 9.94A RCW
(1) At the earliest possible date, and in no event later than thirty days before release except in the event of escape or emergency furloughs as defined in RCW 72.66.010, the department of corrections shall send written notice of parole, community placement, work release placement, furlough, or escape about a specific inmate convicted of a violent offense, or a sex offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, to all of the following:
(a) The chief of police of the city, if any, in which the inmate will reside or in which placement will be made in a work release program; and
(b) The sheriff of the county in which the inmate will reside or in which placement will be made in a work release program.
(2) The same notice as required by subsection (1) of this section shall be sent to the following if such notice has been requested in writing about a specific inmate convicted of a violent offense or a sex offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030:
(a) The victim of the crime for which the inmate was convicted or the victim's next of kin if the crime was a homicide;
(b) Any witnesses who testified against the inmate in any court proceedings involving the violent offense; and
(c) Any person specified in writing by the prosecuting attorney.
Information regarding victims, next of kin, or witnesses requesting the notice, information regarding any other person specified in writing by the prosecuting attorney to receive the notice, and the notice are confidential and shall not be available to the inmate
(3) If an inmate convicted of a violent offense or a sex offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, escapes from a correctional facility, the department of corrections shall immediately notify, by the most reasonable and expedient means available, the chief of police of the city and the sheriff of the county in which the inmate resided immediately before the inmate's arrest and conviction. If previously requested, the department shall also notify the witnesses and the victim of the crime for which the inmate was convicted or the victim's next of kin if the crime was a homicide. If the inmate is recaptured, the department shall send notice to the persons designated in this subsection as soon as possible but in no event later than two working days after the department learns of such recapture.
(4) If the victim, the victim's next of kin, or any witness is under the age of sixteen, the notice required by this section shall be sent to the parents or legal guardian of the child.
(5) The department of corrections shall send the notices required by this chapter to the last address provided to the department by the requesting party. The requesting party shall furnish the department with a current address.
(6) For purposes of this section the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) "Violent offense" means a violent offense under RCW 9.94A.030;
(b) "Next of kin" means a person's spouse, parents, siblings and children.
(7) Nothing in this section shall impose any liability upon a chief of police of a city or sheriff of a county for failing to request in writing a notice as provided in subsection (1) of this section.
[1990 c 3 § 121; 1989 c 30 § 1; 1985 c 346 § 1. Recodified in 2001 as RCW 9.94A.612.]
Index, part headings not law -- Severability -- Effective dates -- Application -- 1990 c 3: See RCW 18.155.900 through 18.155.902.
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