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Wash. program's flaws exposes public, vulnerable adults

Ruth Teichroeb of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigated state records to show the flaws in a state-funded program that pays
for-profit companies to supervise dangerous developmentally
disabled adults. The program has the state paying for-profit companies to look after developmentally disabled people placed its Community Protection program. "While the program does protect the public in many cases — most of the clients are sex offenders — it has left vulnerable adults at risk of abuse and represents a loss of personal rights for those who don't seem to fit the program's guidelines." The three part series found that the placements are not court-monitored, there are no appeals, and for many families or guardians in desperate situations, the only alternative is losing all state help.

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