Horne argued that Pierce County was a dumping ground
Pierce County officials are understandably fuming over Arkansas' reluctance to take Maurice Clemmons back. Had Arkansas issued a warrant in October for violation of Clemmons' parole in that state, Washington could have denied the serial offender bail for pending charges here. Instead, Arkansas refused, and Clemmons evidently went on to slay four Lakewood officers. Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told The Seattle Times that if the two states were adjacent, a "border war" would break out.
Granted, the law does not present the kind of public safety issues as did Arkansas' action in the Clemmons case. But as our story showed, being forced to live away from family--and sometimes away from the best housing, counseling and drug treatment options--can it make harder for ex-cons to live stable, law-abiding lives.