Why are there unleveled registered sex offenders?
In 1997, Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) began calculating the risk level of sex offenders releasing from state incarceration who would have a registration requirement. Until recently, there were few agencies on the local level with practices in place to level offenders who were never incarcerated in a state facility or had been released prior to the implementation of leveling by State DOC.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, along with the local police departments of Yakima County began a concerted effort to level these unleveled offenders in 2001. With the advent of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) website for Level 2 and Level 3 offenders, the Washington State Patrol (in charge of registrations for the State), began a real push to get all of the Counties in the State to bring the backlog of unleveled sex offenders up to date and level new unleveled offenders as soon as possible.

It is not an easy task and few agencies have extra manpower to lend to the process, but there is steady progress toward 100% of offenders having an assigned risk level.

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1. What is the Sex Offender Registration Law?
2. What is a sex offender?
3. When referring to a Level I, Level II or Level III sex offender, what do the risk levels mean?
4. Who must register as a sex offender?
5. How long must an offender continue to register?
6. Why can't we control where registered sex offenders live?
7. Who decides where a Sex Offender may live?
8. Who monitors registered sex offenders in Yakima County?
9. Under what authority is sex offender information released to the public?
10. What guidelines are used to determine the extent of public disclosure?
11. What steps should I take to protect my family?
12. What can I do, as a concerned citizen?
13. Why are there unleveled registered sex offenders?