Closing McNeil Island Corrections Center is not nearly the budgetary ray of light that it might seem to be.
There’s another institution on the island – the Special Commitment Center, and most folks just don’t know that place exists.
Since the island remains open the boats still have to run day and night, the sewage still has to be treated, 300 SCC residents still require medical care.
They will carry the entire cost of operating the island. It’s a DSHS program, not Corrections.
There needs to be a fire department on the island. On-island medical care, an entitlement, is very expensive.
Millions are spent yearly on these 300 men and one woman. It’s a sex offender treatment facility, but few residents even participate in the treatment program. It’s a very high security place with lots of high-tech stuff to keep those guys safely contained.
The SCC keeps the public very safe. It’s the Hotel California: You can check in anytime you like but you can never leave.
If the treatment program worked much more effectively, transition into the community may be possible eventually. But their program results in very few men being transitioned into the community.
For the outrageous amount of money we pay for this institution, we need some results in the form of men living safely after they’re released.
This is considered a rarer occurrence.
The SCC is a money-eating juggernaut. The sex offenders don’t do what they need to do to stay out of trouble.