State pays $39K to owner of Spokane house for sexually violent predators’ rents

State pays $39K to owner of Spokane house for sexually violent predators’ rents
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For the last week, we’ve been answering your questions about a house for sexually violent predators in Spokane.

These men are considered so dangerous, the state ruled prison time wasn’t enough for them. They were ordered to extensive therapy at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and the state’s decided, that treatment can continue off the island right here in Spokane.

The five men have been convicted of kidnapping, raping and molesting young children. Now, they’re living under one roof at a house on North Lincoln, just across from the Spokane Arena, and you’ve told us on Facebook how furious you are these men are living in the same city as your children.

Whether you knew it or not, your tax dollars have been paying for it.

Because these men are still under state supervision, the state is paying their rent. Numbers we received from the Office of Financial Management show in the first 20 days of this month, the state paid $9,100 to the owner of the house on the 1200 block of North Lincoln.

And over time, the rent has gone up $100 this year. Now, it costs the state anywhere from $1,100 to $1,500 a month per tenant, depending on the room. That’s quite the jump from the average rent in Spokane, which ranges from $740 to $930 for a one bedroom or two bedroom, respectively, according to a national rent report from Zumper.

Some of the predators living here even need chaperones to stay with them when they leave the Lincoln House, which costs you money too. Each offender also gets a monthly stipend for groceries and other expenses.

Data from the OFM show the state has paid $10,500 so far this year for one of the predator’s living costs at the Lincoln House.

In total, from March 2018 to today, the state has paid the owner of the Lincoln House $39,074.

And that’s just in Spokane.

There are 66 sexually violent predators living in six Washington counties. The majority, 44, live in Pierce County, where many have been released to a secure community transition facility on McNeil Island, separate from the Special Commitment Center. It’s a similar picture to King County, which is home to nine sexually violent predators, with the majority staying at the state’s other transition facility.

There are four more predators living in Kitsap County, with three in Snohomish County, one in Thurston County, and the five in Spokane County.

Many of you have reached out in frustration these predators are being released here. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told KXLY in an exclusive interview last week the only way that will change is if someone changes the law. Turns out, there are two lawmakers trying to do just that.

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