We finally met with a ‘field officer’, aka Parole officer, here in Thurston County, WA. His name is Brian Keel. His card says ‘Community Corrections Officer’. We were told Mr Keel could give us all the answers we seek. And for the most part he did.
Since January I have been working on getting Jace to Oregon upon his release. The one pitfall to these plans all along has been in his parole requirements. There are things listed in the requirements like ‘Adhere to all requirements placed on you by your CCO’. Vague? Oh yeah.
So our number one question all along has been: what exactly are his residency restrictions?
We’ve been told: he has none, the judge sets those rules, it can be anything the PO wants, the parole board sets those rules, and that there are ‘state standards’.
So how can you find housing for your returning loved one without knowing the rules? The DOC actually told us the process is “Hit or miss”. WHAT?!?! They don’t know, and can’t give out, their own rules? Anyone else confused?
In Jace specific case, and only because we filed for release into WA state, we were finally told that he has no residency restrictions at all other than not living with children. We had to go through this process to be told what should have been available last January, certainly last June when Jace was OK’ed to be released.
We also did validate that being released into WA state does take: about a week to get the paperwork assigned, 30 day plan investigation (checking where you want to live), and then ANOTHER 35 days to ‘warn the local police, victims, and public’ that you are a felon, moving into their neighborhood. That you are a registered sex offender and to be on their guard against you. So a minimum of about 72 days. Of course no one could tell us THAT either!
Right now Jace is deciding if he wants to keep his current plan of getting out in WA – where family and friends are publicly shamed in the name of ‘safety’, or change the plan back to our original plan of straight to Oregon. The tentative release dates for these two choices are October 23rd for WA and Nov 10th for OR. Neither equate to his release on September 22nd. When we ask about that date we are consistently poo-poo ed, I guess the date assigned by the Judge actually doesn’t mean anything.
Why am I not surprised???