Espinoza renews call for ban on placement of violent offenders in adult family homes in wake of tragedy

//Espinoza renews call for ban on placement of violent offenders in adult family homes in wake of tragedy

Espinoza renews call for ban on placement of violent offenders in adult family homes in wake of tragedy

LAKEWOOD… Candidate for State Representative Maia Espinoza, R-Lakewood, reiterated her opposition to the placement of violent criminals in adult family homes on Wednesday after an attack led to the death of a resident of such a home this past Saturday. The 57-year-old victim was allegedly assaulted by a fellow resident who had previously been released from Western State Hospital.

Espinoza joined State Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, in asking the Department of Social and Human Services for a moratorium on placing violent offenders from Western State Hospital and the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island into adult family homes.

“As a mother of two school-age children, and a Lakewood resident of over 15 years, I don’t take comfort in hearing that the issue is complicated. A lawmaker’s job is to find a solution,” said Espinoza. “I have listened to my neighbors in Lakewood, I have protested with them, and I will win this fight if they send me to Olympia.”

Just last week, community members from the Lakewood neighborhood of Oakbrook packed a town hall meeting demanding that lawmakers take action to stop the placement of violent offenders in their community. Counter to her current seatmates, Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, stopped short of supporting such a ban in statements at the forum, declining to take a position.

“My opponent says that ‘results matter,’ but on the issues that matter, we aren’t getting results, and now it has cost someone their life,” said Espinoza. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue – it’s about keeping our communities safe. This tragedy underscores why we need a change in our representation in Olympia.”

 

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