Sex Offenders in the South End – A Secure ResidenceInside the SCTF
It’s a month since King County’s Secure Community Transition Facility opened.
The “SCTF” is SODO’s new level-3 violent predatory sex offender residence, at Spokane and Second Avenue.
“It’s not known when a court will move a qualified civilly committed sex offender into the SCTF,” says Steve Williams, spokesperson for Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services.
This DSHS facility is equipped for six residents, with capacity for twelve.
Twenty-five cameras see you in and see you out. To enter, press an intercom button, identify yourself. From the control room, a staff member unlatches the door’s magnetically controlled lock. A concrete sidewalk follows a wall of earth-toned bricks rising 10 feet to black wrought iron bars. A corridor opens to the sky. At the end is the “sally port.”
The sally port is a steel and glass box, with doors to the sidewalk, a meeting room, a visitor bathroom, and the core facility. No two doors can open at once. Each withstands 1800 pounds of force.
Well, thank god they’ve implemented such high security measures and round-the-clock supervision over these violent sex offenders, because…. um…
Typical residents will be violent sex predators who may re-offend, who served prison time and finished a rigorous treatment program at McNeil Island’s Special Commitment Center.
Most are men, mid-to-late 40s, some older, out of shape from years of incarceration.
Each continues treatment, learning to integrate into society, to shop, manage money, find jobs. There are weekly individual and group therapies, reinforcing positive behaviors, countering negative ones. Those with histories of alcohol and drug abuse may attend Alcoholic Anonymous [sic]. Residents keep journals, share them with treatment providers.