OLYMPIA — State Superintendent Randy Dorn has requested legislation that would strengthen notification to schools that certain criminals have been released, he announced.

The legislation would require that, no later than 30 days prior to the release of a youth, who is convicted of a violent offense, a sex offense or stalking and who is currently incarcerated in an adult facility, public officials must notify the district in which the youth lives or plans on living. This mirrors law currently in place for offenders released from juvenile institutions.

The issue has arisen in several districts across the state and was brought to Dorn’s attention by the Vancouver School District in southwest Washington.

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