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STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

INCIDENT REVIEW REPORT
Report Date
February 15, 2010

Offender Name
Maurice Clemmons
Name of Initiator
Eldon Vail, Secretary

Offender DOC #
866697
Team Leaders
Anmarie Aylward, Acting Assistant
Secretary Community Corrections
Division.
Scott Blonien, Assistant Secretary
Government Community Relations and
Regulatory Compliance

I Critical Incident Review #
07309C

Team Members
Stefani Meusborn-Marsh, Regional
Administrator
Mac Pevey, Program Administrator
Todd Wiggs, Community
Corrections Supervisor
Kevin Bovenkamp, Director
Orqanizational DveloDment

INCIDENT
Date and Time: November 29, 2009

Location: Lakewood, Washington

Brief Description of Incident: The attached document is a critical incident review of Maurice Clemmons, a parolee from
Arkansas who was supervised by the Washington State Department of Corrections as part of an interstate compact
agreement. On November 29, 2009, Clemmons fatally shot four Lakewood police officers. Two days later Clemmons
was fatally shot by a Seattle police officer who was investigating a stolen car.
This review focuses on the period when Clemmons was on community supervision in Washington, beginning in March
2004. It includes a summary of Clemmons' actions and his supervision status as well as recommendations from the
authors.
In 1989, Clemmons, then 17, was convicted in Arkansas for aggravated robbery and other charges and was sentenced
to 108 years in prison. In 2000, the then-Governor commuted Clemmons' prison sentence and made him eligible for
parole. He was released from prison in August 2000 but was sent back to prison on a parole violation - a robbery
charge - in July 2001.
He received a 10-year prison sentence and was paroled in March 2004. He requested to move to Washington where
his brother lived. Washington State DOC followed the rules established by the Interstate Commission for Adult
Offender Supervision and approved the interstate transfer request.
Clemmons was categorized as a low-risk offender upon his arrival in Washington but was overridden to RMB, the
second highest level of supervision for the first 2 years after he was on the DOC caseload. For the first five years in
this state he had little interaction with law enforcement. Because Clemmons had no serious violations during his first
two years of supervision he was transferred from the Seattle Metro Unit to the Offender Minimum Management Unit in
February 2006. The community corrections officers in the Offender Minimum Management Unit typically supervised
between 250 and 300 offenders each and were not required to regularly contact offenders. Ciemmons was required to
notify his community corrections officers when he changed addresses. Clemmons last address change was reported
on April 27, 2009.
In May 2009, Clemmons' risk level was changed from low risk to moderate risk as the result of a new risk assessment
tool. Later, he was reassessed and his classification changed from moderate to high risk.
Clemmons was arrested three times in 2009. He spent time in jail each time. After Clemmons was arrested in July a
DOC Hearings Officer recommended that Arkansas take him back, though Arkansas declined and requested that DOC
continue to supervise him.

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The authors of this review found that DOC followed laws and policies that were in place at the time of Clemmons'
supervision. How closely DOC supervised Clemmons depended on his risk classification at the time, which is the
policy for all offenders.
This review found gaps in Clemmons early supervision which were systemic agency issues that have been remedied
through changes in policies. Since 2005, the Department has made many changes to its community supervision
requirements including requirements for home visits by Community Corrections Officers as part of mandatory contact
standards. Though Clemmons' case was handled appropriately per policies in place at the time, the Department
recognized the need to monitor offenders in high-risk classification more closely and made policy changes as a result.
New laws and policies have also gone into effect since July 2009. ESSB 5288 ended supervision for most low-risk
offenders and DOC eliminated its Offender Minimum Management Units - inciuding the one that supervised Clemmons
for more than three years - as a result. DOC now has a smaller community corrections caseload that is more focused
on supervising high-risk offenders.
This incident review offers additional insight to the challenges of obtaining accurate criminal history information for
offenders from out of state. The Department currently uses a validated risk assessment tool that requires a complete
criminal history for an accurate risk assessment. Findings from this review indicate that Clemmons' risk ievel would
have been higher if a complete criminal history was available during his reclassification. Though this would not have
changed his supervision requirements or increased the level of required CCO contacts, it brings to light the need for
accurate criminal histories during the risk assessment and classification process.
This review includes recommendations by the authors to improve the existing laws and policies in the interest of public
safety, The authors recommend that DOC work with the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision to
clarify or change the rules for accepting out-of-state offenders, for sending offenders back to their home states, and for
providing complete criminal histories. They also recommend that DOC work collaboratively with other law enforcement
agencies to develop a statewide alert system that notifies community corrections officers when offenders are released
from jail.
Name, Title, and Address of All Employees Involved:
"Robert E. Martin, Community Corrections Officer 3, King County DOSA Unit, 1550 4th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
98134
" Houth Thiem, Community Corrections Officer 2, Northwest OMMUlWest Seattle Field Office, 6335 35th Avenue SW,
Seattle, WA 98126
• Merlin "Lin" Miller, Interstate Compact Commissioner, Department of Corrections, P.O. Box 41126, Olympia, WA
98504-1126
• Torrey McDonough, Community Corrections Specialist, Community Response Unit, 733 Market Street, 4th Floor,
Tacoma, WA 98402
• Marjorie Martin, Interstate Compact Deputy Administrator/Community Corrections Specialist, Department of
Corrections P,O, Box 41126, Olympia, WA 98504-112
Name, DOC Numbers of All Offenders Involved: Maurice Clemmons DOC 866697
REVIEW

Chronological Summary of Facts/Events:
On January 21,2004, the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) received an Interstate
Compact Transfer Investigation request from the state of Arkansas. DOC conducted an investigation to
determine if the transfer of Maurice Clemmons' Arkansas parole to the state of Washington met Interstate
Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) standards.
Between February 17, 2004 and March 12,2004, the Community Corrections Officer (CCO) met with the
proposed sponsor, visited the proposed residence, and talked with a potential employer. On February 23,
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2004, the CCO retumed the Interstate Placement Report to the DOC Interstate Compact Unit. There was
insufficient infonnation to verify that Clemmons would be living with a family member. On March 12,
2004, DOC's Interstate Compact Unit notified the CCO that Clemmons had a brother in Washington.
Clemmons' parole transfer to Washington was approved because he had a family member in Washington, a
suitable residence and a potential job.] On March 15,2004, DOC's Interstate Compact Unit sent the
approval notice to the Arkansas.
On March 18,2004, Arkansas' Post Prison Transfer Board served Clemmons with an "Order of Conditional
Release" and Clemmons signed the order. He reported for parole in Washington on March 29, 2004. During
a meeting with Cleillinons, the CCO established reporting requirements, discussed his living conditions and
advised him to notifY DOC if there was a change in his residence. Between March and July 2004
Clemmons reported regularly as required either in person or over the phone.
On July 24,2004, Clemmons' Risk Management Identification (RMI) worksheet was completed. Based on
tbe infonnation available Clemmons was classified RMD which was the lowest level of supervision.
However, due to his Arkansas conviction for Aggravated Robbery, the CCO requested a classification
override to supervise him at a higher risk level, RMB, which was approved by the supervisor.
After nearly two years without any major violations, Clemmons was reclassified as an RMD offender on
February 6,2006. His supervision was transferred from the Seattle Metro field office to tbe Offender
Minimum Management Unit (OMMUi.
In April 2006, Cleillinons provided his new address to his CCO in compliance with his supervision
requirements. He also reported that he paid off his Legal Financial Obligation owed to Arkansas. After April
2006 there were no contacts with Clemmons. This is consistent with policy for OMMU caseloads. [n June
2008, Clelmnons called DOC to verify that his contact infonnation had not changed.
On April 21, 2009, Clemmons' fonner CCO saw a sketch ofa serial robbery suspect on KING TV that
resembled Clemmons. The CCO contacted Crime Stoppers Hotline and notified Clemmons' current CCO.
His CCO ilmnediately called Clemmons, who did not respond. The CCO then sent a letter instructing
Clemmons to contact him. On April 24,2009, Clemmons contacted the CCO and provided him with
infonnation about his employment, income, and living situation. Based on that conversation Clemmons was
deemed to be compliant with the tenns of his supervision. 011 April 27, 2009, Clemmons called the CCO to
report a change in telephone numbers.
On May 9, 2009, according to Pierce County Sheriff Office's Incident Report, a Pierce County Sheriff
Deputy responded to a disturbance after 911 received several calls about an individual throwing rocks at
houses and breaking out windows of passing vehicles. When the Deputy anived, two men were leaning
against one of the vandalized vehicles. The individuals were identified as Eddie Davis, Jr. and Joseph Pitts.
I According 10 tbe lUles orthe Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supelvision (leADS), Washington accepted supervision of
Clemmons. ICADS rule 3.1 01 pmvides, "At the discretion or the sending state, an otTender shall be eligible for transfer of supervision 10 ;\
rt'Cciving slate under the compact, and the receiving state shall accept transfer, if the om:ndcl': (a) has morc than 90 days or an indefinite peliod of
supclvision remaining al the time the sending state transmits the tmllsfcr request; and (b) has a valid plan of supervision; and (c) is in substantial
compliance wilh the lenns of supervision in the sending state; and (c) (I) has resident llimily in the receiving slate who have indicated a
willingness and ability 10 assist as specified in the plan of supervision; and (2) can obtain employment in the receiving state or has means of
support,
2 OMMU supervision was reserved for those who score lowest on the risk assessment tool. OMMU supervision doesn't require face-to-face

contact, home visits, but the offender is required to check in when any change in contact information or any contact with law enforcement
occurs. OMMU caseloads were consistently high and used as a method to manage the workload for Community Corrections officers.
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As the Deputy was questioning them, Davis threatened the Deputy who attempted to detain Pitts. As the
Deputy and Pitts were stmggling, Clenunons came out of the house and assaulted the Deputy. Clemmons
was arrested and taken to jail and charged with two counts of Assault 3rd Degree and six counts of Malicious
Mischief.
On May 10,2009, Clemmons posted bail] On May 11,2009, Clemmons' CCO was informed of the arrest
and began searching for him with the assistance oflaw enforcement. Clemmons was not found at his
residence and his wife told staff she was about to file a Missing Persons Report. She disclosed that he
withdrew a large sum of money that day.4 Based on the unsuccessful attempts to locate Clemmons, DOC
considered him an absconder. On May 20,2009, DOC submitted an Offender Violation Report (OVR) to
Arkansas requesting they issue an Abscond Warrant for the arrest of Clemmons. 5
Arkansas issued the Abscond Warrant on May 28, 2009. DOC received the warrant on June 1, 2009.
Washington DOC closed its supervision of Clemmons in accordance with ICAOS mle 4.1 12(a)(2).
On July 2,2009, Clemmons was arrested when he appeared at the Pierce County Courthouse for a scheduled
hearing for the new crime of Child Rape 2nd Degree, his failure to appear on the Assault 3rd Degree, five
counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief3 rd Degree and the Arkansas Fugitive WalTant.
Clemmons was placed in jail. Arkansas was notified of Clemmons' an'est and the new felony charge.
On July 16,2009, Arkansas advised Washington DOC that it was rescinding its abscond warrant because of
the pending charges. Arkansas asked Washington DOC to re-open the Clemmons' case, place him back on
supervision and notify the state once the pending charges had been adjudicated. In late July Clemmons was
scheduled for a probable-cause hearing. He also was scheduled to return to COUlt and ordered to have a
competency evaluation.
After the warrant was rescinded there was increased communication between the two states in regard to
Clemmons' status and Washington's ability to send him back to Arkansas.
On July 21,2009, DOC conducted a violation hearing for the new charges although DOC had not officially
resumed supervision of Clemmons. DOC requested a probable-cause hearing be scheduled and requested an
Administrative Dismiss Without Prejudice (DWOP) on the new law violations of Child Rape 2 nd Degree,
Assault 3 rd Degree, and Malicious Mischief2 nd and 3 rd Degree. lt is common practice to request a DWOP
when there is insufficient evidence to prove the violation behavior. A DWOP can be requested on new
felony violations so that the violation hearing process does not interfere with the criminal investigation or
prosecution. Once the charges are resolved in court DOC may conduct a violation hearing based on the court
mling. The criminal investigation was ongoing and Clemmons' bail was set at $190,000.
On July 24, 2009, Clemmons posted bail on the new charges. Because Arkansas had rescinded its warrant,
the Pierce County iudge dismissed the Arkansas fugitive charge. On July 30, 2009, the DOC Hearing,,-s_ _--'
JOn 5/10/09, allegations are brought to ponce that Clemmons sexually assaulted three children. These charges are referenced in this review as
nd
Child Rape 2 Degree.
4 On 12/01/09, The New York Daily News reported that that Clemmons drove to New York in June 2009 to see a minister. According to the
article, while in New York, Clemmons disturbed a prayer service on 6/13/09 and then approached the Bishop, Bernard Jordan, the next day.
Clemmons did not advise his ceo of this trip, nor did he receive permission to travel outside of his county of residence, per his conditions of
supervision.

S leAOS dellnes abscond as, "means to be absent from the olTendcl"s approved place or residence or employment with tile intent of avoiding
supcrVISlon.

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Officer cancelled the probable cause hearing and advised the CCO to request another warrant from Arkansas
for Clemmons' arrest.
Between August 4 and August 6, 2009, the CCO spoke to the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from Pierce
County and a Detective from the Pierce County Sheriffs Office regarding Clemmons. They discussed his
status, scheduled court dates and him undergoing a mental health evaluation from Western State Hospital.
On August 7, 2009, DOC re-opened Clemmons' supervision because Arkansas and Washington could not
reach an agreement about Clemmons' status.
On August 11,2009, Washington submitted an additional Offender Violation Report on the Child Rape
charge to Arkansas. The Washington Interstate Compact Unit also issued a DOC Secretary's Warrant for
Clemmons' arrest. On August 20,2009, members from DOC's Community Response Unit (CRU)
apprehended Clemmons and booked him into the Pierce County Jail on the DOC Secretary's Warrant.
On September 1,2009, while Clemmons was in custody pending his DOC violation hearing, the Washington
DOC Compact Administrator contacted Arkansas to request another warrant so Clemmons could not be
released from custody. Arkansas did not issue the warrant.
On September 10,2009, DOC conducted a violation hearing at Snohomish County Jail pertaining to the
Assault and Malicious Mischief charges. A DOC Hearings Officer found Clemmons guilty of the violations
and recommended that he be returned to Arkansas. The Hearings Officer recommended Clemmons serve 120
days in confinement ifhe was not returned to Arkansas.
On September 16, 2009, DOC sent the hearing report to Arkansas. Arkansas issued a warrant for his arrest
on October 5, 2009. The warrant was not entered into National Crime Lnformation Center (NCIC) by
Arkansas and the language on the warrant stated it could only be executed in Arkansas.
On October 5, 2009, a Static Risk Reassessment -which replaced the previous risk assessment tool- was
completed and Clemmons' classificatinn changed to High Non-Violent. As a result, his case was transferred
to a field unit for supervision. The CCO received the file on October 20,2009 while Clemmons was still in
custody. Clemmons completed his 120 day DOC sanction on November 8, 2009 remaining in custody on the
Child Rape charge. 6
A review of the chronological record shows, the CCO made entry on November 29,2009 that on November
23,2009 he had checked the status of Clemmons and Pierce County Jail records showed that Clemmons was
still in custody.
Clemmons posted bond on November 23,2009 and was released after 10 p.m. that night.
Classification:

A review of the chronological record and file material indicates Clemmons' supervising CCO did not
complete the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) assessment and RMI worksheet to get a
classification level established for Clemmons until July 27,2004. The dates identifY that classification was
completed, but not within policy timeframes.

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Following the completion of the LSI-R assessment, Clemmons' score was detennined to be low. In addition
to the LSI-R, the RMI worksheet was an assessment used to complete the classification for Clemmons and
establish the Risk Management Level ofRMD.
DOC reviews an offender's NCJC records as part of the classification process. In reviewing Clelfunons'
record and the Criminal Conviction Record (CCR) that was entered into the Offender Management Network
Infon11ation (OMNI), we discovered convictions from the NCIC climinal record history request that were
not entered in the CCR. 7 Convictions for Robbery and Theft of Property in 1988, Burglary in 1989 and a
juvenile conviction for Theft of Property were not entered into OMNI.
As part of this critical incident review, we found that Clemmons' risk classification would have been
different if the missing CCR infonnation had been entered into OMNI. JfClemmons was classified today
using the current static risk assessment tool and all the convictions were entered in the CCR as required, his
classification conversion would have resulted in a High Violent (HV) designation, rather than his Moderate
(MOD) classification.

Reporting Requirements:
Chronological entries from Clemmons' CCO indicate that he verbally instructed Clemmons to next report
during each office visit and phone contact. Clemmons' supervising CCO did not recall having specific days
or dates of the months in which his offenders reported. He commented that reporting requirements for
offenders were determined on a case-by-case basis.
On occasion, Clemmons did not report in person on the exact days that the CCO specified during their last
contact, but Clemmons would either follow up with a phone call to his CCO or report in person within a few
days. There were some months, when the CCO did not have face-to-face contact with Clemmons, but spoke
to Clemmons on the phone and/or spoke to his employer on at least one occasion each of these months.
After Clemmons was transferred to OMMU there were no contacts from April 2006 until June 2008 which
was typical for RMD offenders unless a problem was noted.

Violations / Hearings / Warrants Timeline:
5/9/09

Clemmons arrested by Pierce County Sheriffs Office and booked into the Pierce County jail
for two counts of Assault 3 rd Degree and six counts of Malicious Mischief2"d Degree.
Clemmons threw rocks through some of his neighbors' windows and punched the arresting
deputy in the face.

5/10/09

Clemmons posted bail and was released Pierce County Jail.

5/1 [/09

DOC Community Corrections Specialist (CCS) notifies Clemmons' Community Corrections
Officer (CCO) of his arrest for new law violations on May 9,2009. Additionally, Pierce
County Sheriffs Office detectives have probable cause to arrest Clemmons for two new
counts of Child Molestation.

Although it was not an issue in this case, because NCIC does not identify arrests Of convictions by docket or cause numbers it is difficult to
ascertain whether subsequent entries represent new data or are duplicates. Data is listed by arresting agency, charges, and dispositions; and
should further arrest actions occur on a previously listed arrest, the same dala is duplicated.
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CCS attempts to contact Clemmons at his home. The CCS makes contact with Clemmons'
wife who reports that he has not been home and that she intends to file a missing person's
report. She indicates that Clemmons withdrew $700 on May 11,2009. CCS verifies that
Clemmons is not in custody at this time. 8

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Offender Violation Report (OVR) submitted via Interstate Compact Offender Tracking
System (ICOTS) requesting that Arkansas issue a warrant. Violations include:
I.

Failure to obey all laws by striking a Pierce County Deputy Sheriff three times in the face with
a closed fist on 5/09109.

2. Failure to obey all laws by throwing two rocks through two living room bay windows on
05109109.
3. Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock through a car window on 519109.
4.

Failure to obey all laws by forcing an ll-year-old girl to take off her clothes on or before
5/10109.

5.

Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock through a living room window on 519109.

6.

Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock breaking a car window on 519109.

7. Failure to obey all laws by putting a finger inside a 12-year-old girl on or before 5/10109.
8.

Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock through a car window on 519109.

9.

Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock through a 2'''' story window on 519109.

10. Failure to obey all laws by forcing a 12-year-old girl to take off her clothes on or before
5/10/09.
II. Failure to obey all laws by throwing a rock through a car window on 519109
12. Failing to report new crimes committed and/or law enforcement contacts on or about 5/9/09
and 511 0109 to the CCO.
5128/09

Arkansas parole board issues an abscond warrant which was entered into NCIC. 9

5/29109

DOC receives a response from Arkansas regarding the OVR dated 5/20109. The response
indicates that Arkansas received the OVR submitted by WA DOC and a warrant had been
issued by their Parole Board and entered into NCIC on 5/28/09.

6/1109

Washington notifies Arkansas that it is closing interest in the case due to Clemmons' abscond

8 It was later discovered that Clemmons had tralJeJed to New York during this period of time. This trip was not known or authorized by DOC.
Clemmons also failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance on May 12.
9 According to ICAOS rules (4.109(c) (3) upon receiving a violation report that alleges that an offender has absconded the sending state shall
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7/17/09

Pierce County Sheriff's Office arrests Clemmons and books him into the Pierce County Jail
on the following charges:
•

Arkansas fugitive warrant

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Child Rape 2"" Degree

•

Assault 3'" Degree (two counts) - Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant

•

Malicious Mischief2"d Degree (five counts) - ITA warrant

•

Malicious Mischief 3'" Degree - ITA warrant

Washington receives Compact Action Request (CAR) fi'om Arkansas confimling notification
ofClelmnons' arrest. Arkansas stated it would rescind its May 28,2009 abscond warrant.
Arkansas requests that DOC reopen Clemmons' case and resume supervision.

DOC starts working Ihis case again on 7117109 when it was contacted by Arkansas
with a request to reopen the case and resume supervision. The field file is pulled from
archives and assigned. There are questions among the Compact Unit as 10 whether to
reopen the case given the ICAOS rules. On 817109 the CCO is given direction/rom
the Compact Unit 10 reassume supenl/sion ofthe case. However, between 7117109 and
817109. DOC has already begun processing the violations through the DOC hearings
process.
7/20/09

CCO requests that all violations from the OVR dated May 20, 2009 be dismissed without
prejudice (DWO?), because the CCO did not have adequate evidence available to pursue the
violations in a DOC hearing. The remaining violation was scheduled to be addressed at a
DOC hearing on 7/30/09. '2

7/22/09

DOC Heatings Officer authorizes DWO? pending the adjudication of the new law violations.

7/24/09

Arkansas' abscond warrant is dismissed. Clemmons posts bail and was released from the
Pierce County Jail.

7/28/09

DOC learns Clemmons' released from Pierce County Jail and resumes efforts to work with
Arkansas to.

7/30/09

DOC hearing is cancelled, as Clemmons was no longer in custody.

10

According to ICAOS rules (4.112(a) (2) a receiving state may close and cease supervision if the offender has absconded.

11 Clemmons was on abscond status and not avallable for supervision between 5/12/09 and 7/1/09. WADOC determined on 5/12/09 that his
whereabouts were unknown, upon which they began the notification process to Arkansas advising them of Clemmons' ilbscond status. He's
not apprehended until 7/1/09.

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Failing to report new crimes committed and/or law enforcement contacts on or about 5/9/09 and 5/10/09 to the ceo.

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817109

At the direction ofthe DOC Interstate Compact Unit, Clemmons' case is fonnally reopened.
DOC's Interstate Compact Unit advises DOC to proceed with the violations process.

8111/09

OVR sent to Arkansas noting the twelve violations. (See above) DOC requests that Arkansas
order Clemmons to return to his home state.

/19/09

DOC issues a Secretary's Warrant for his violations.

8/20/09

DOC and task force members from the US Marshal's Pacific NOl1hwest Fugitive
Apprehension Team (PNWFAT) apprehend Clemmons and book him into the Pierce County
Jail on the DOC Secretary's Warrant.

8/24/09

Clemmons is transferred from the Pierce County Jail to the Snohomish County Jail.

8/31/09

A From-Out-of-State (FOS) Probable Cause hearing is held at the Snohomish County Jail
based on the Secretary's Wan-ant. A DOC violation hearing is rescheduled for September 10,
2009.

9110/09

DOC hearing is held at the Snohomish County Jail. It is recommended by the DOC Hearings
Officer that Arkansas retake Clemmons. Should Arkansas decline to retake Clemmons, he
should be sanctioned to 120 days in confinement. Findings specific to the violations were as
follows:

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Guilty of all violations pertaining to the Malicious Mischief and Assault of a Police Officer
charges that stemmed from Clenunons throwing rocks and causing damage, and for his assault
on a police officer.

•

Violations pertaining to the Child Rape/Molestation charges were DWOP as the CCO did not
have adequate evidence available at that time to pursue tbe violations in a DOC hearing.
Additionally, given the severity of the behavior associated with these charges, DOC does not
want to interfere or jeopardize the open criminal investigation and prosecution.

•

The last noted violation for Failure to Report New Crime COlllmitted and/or Law Enforcement
Contact to the CCO was dismissed.

9/16/09

DOC fOlwards OVR and Interstate Hearing Report to Arkansas.

9/25/09

Clemmons is transfelTed from the Snohomish County Jail back to the Pierce County Jail for
the same pending charges he was booked under on July 1,2009 of:
•

Child Rape 2'· Degree

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Assault 3'1 Degree (two counts) -- Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant

13 DOC has contracts with many county jails to house violators. Violators may be transported from county to county when bed capacity issues
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Malicious Mischief2"d Degree (five counts) - ITA warrant

•

Malicious Mischief 3"' Degree- ITA warrant

10/5/09

Washington receives a response from Arkansas acknowledging the receipt of the OVR and
Interstate Hearing Report, asking DOC to continue supervising Clemmons and to notify
Arkansas upon disposition of the pending charges. Arkansas issues a warrant for technical
violations, but is only enforceable in Arkansas. Unlike the previous abscond warrant this
warrant is not entered into NCIC.

11/8/09

Clemmons completes his DOC sanction of 120 days. Clemmons, however, remains in
custody on the new charges. 14

11/23/09

Clemmons posts bail and is released from Pierce County Jail after 10 p.m.

Dates in Custody:
May 9, 2009 - May 10,2009
• 5/9/09 - Clemmons arrested by the Pierce County Sheriffs Office (PCSO) and booked into Pierce County Jail
(PCJ) on new charges of Assault and Malicious Mischief.
• 5/ 10/09 - Clemmons posted bail and released from PCJ.
July IS\ 2009 - July 24'h, 2009
• 7/1/09 - Clemmons arrested by PCSO and booked into PCJ on a fugitive warrant (Arkansas), ITA on the
previous Assault and Malicious Mischief charges and new Rape of a Child charges.
• 7/16/09 - Arkansas rescinded warrant.
• 7/24/09 - Clenunons posted bail and released from PCl.
August 20 tJ" 2009 - November 23 rd , 2009
• 8/20/09 - Clenunons arrested by PCSO and CCS Nicholas Weber. Booked into PCl on a DOC Secretary's
Warrant.
• 8/24/09 - Transferred from PCl to the Snohomish County Jail (SNl).
• 9/1 0/09 - DOC hearing held at SNl. RecollUllendation to return to Arkansas, or if declined by Arkansas, 120
days confinement.
• 9/25/09 - Transported from SNl to PCl for a warrant on Rape of a Child.
• I 1/8/09 - 120 days DOC sanction completed.
• 11/23/09 - Released from PCl after posting bail for Child Rape, Assault and Malicious Mischief charges.

LIST OF APPLICABLE RCWslWACs/DOC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

DOC Policy 310.100 Intake - Effective 1/19/01
Revised 8/4/08
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-05-00 I - Effective 10/28/05
CorresnondinQ Administrative Bulletin AB-07-008 - Effective 3/26/07
14 Note that the granting of good time credits is left to the discretion of the jurisdiction in whose facility the
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DOC Policy 320.155 Violation Process I Violations of Conditions - Effective 7/31/00
Revised 7/29102
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-007
DOC Policy 320.400 Risk Assessment Process - Effective 4/15/03
Revised 9/19105,12/10106,4/30107,8/4/08,9/4/09
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-034 - Effective 11128/07
DOC Policy 320.410 Offender Risk Management - Effective 11/7/02
Revised 9/19/05, 3/27/07, 8/4/08
DOC Policy 320.420 Offender Accountability I Offender Supervision Plans - Effective 6/8/00
Revised 11/21/00, 12/11/00,2/13/03,4/23/07,8/4/08,5/15/09
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-023 - Effective 8/14/07
DOC Policy 350.750 Violations, Wanants and Detainers - Effective 1/3/03
Revised 1/9106, 2/26/08, 8/4/08, 9/21/09
Conesponding Administrative Bulletin AB-06-002 - Effective 2/14/06
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-06-012 - Effective 10/13/06
Conesponding Administrative Bulletin AB-08-015 - Effective 6/18/08
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-08-025 - Effective 9/23/08
DOC Policy 380.200 Community Supervision of Offenders - Effective 8/2/05
Revised 8/4/08, 9/22/09
Con'esponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-006 - Effective 3/26/07
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-08-009 - Effective 5/16/08
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-08-033 - Effective 11/12/08
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-09-014 - Effective 4/14/09
DOC Policy 380.240 Field Contacts / Field Work Protocols- Effective 8/25/04
Revised 9/19/05, 10/15/08,7/1 0/09
DOC Policy 380.600 In-State Transfer for Community Offenders - Effective 7/5/00
Revised 5/28/04, 3/7/07, 8/4/08, 6/5/09
DOC Policy 380.605 Interstate Compact - Effective 12/20/01
Revised 5/7/04, 9/29/04, 5/9/06, 5/9/07, 7/18/08
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-018 - Effective 6/14/07
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-038 - Effective 12/18/07
DOC Policy 390.600 Imposed Conditions - Effective 2/21/03
Revised 4/22/04, 9/19/05, 7/9/07, 10/15/08,7/1 0/09
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-030 - Effective 10/16/07
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-08-005 - Effective 3/24/08
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DOC Policy 400.11 0 Reporting of Critical Incidents - Effective 7/2/02
Revised 9/12/06,12/5/08,8/17/09
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-002 - Effective 1/19/07
DOC Policy 420.380 Drug! Alcohol Testing - Effective 5/27/03
Revised 1/21/05, 12/5/07
Corresponding Administrative Bulletin AB-07-008 - Effective 3/26/07
Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Rules - Updated 6/1 /09
RECOMMENDATIONS

Improvements

lllterstate changes
Washington DOC's stance has historically been to accept offenders under supervision from other states
because it is better for public safety to have the ability to monitor the offenders who move here. Currently,
Washington supervises twice as many offenders from other states than it sends to other states. This inequity
is created by several factors including the fact that many states have much longer tenns of supervision which
keeps offenders on Washington DOC's caseloads for longer periods of time.

Recommendations:
1.

Pursue changes in the ICAOS rules. Including:
a. Transfer packages must include full criminal histories, offense specifics and treatment history on
offenders applying for placement in Washington.
b. Grant the receiving state the authority to retum an offender when it appears the receiving state is
not able to adequately supervise the offender.
c. Grant the receiving state the authority to issue a violation warrant as an initial step to retuming the
offender to the sending state.

2.

DOC lCAOS Changes:
a. DOC will review our processes regarding the annual progress reports and will develop a practice
that ensures the proper reports are submitted according to policy.

Communication changes
There currently is no automatic notification system in place statewide that alerts Community Corrections
Officers when an offender is released from jail. There is the Victim lnfonnation Notification Everyday
(VINE) alert system and a Jail Booking and Reporting System (JBRS) but they are not available in all
counties nor are they used by all CCOs.

Recommendation:
1. Work with Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to create a statewide, automated notification
system to identify active offenders who are in and out of county jails.
2. tn the interim, Assistant Secretary for Community Corrections Division has directed Community Corrections
staff to use both VINE and JBRS to better monitor the iail releases of offenders on their caseloads.
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Risk assessment and classification
During the review period, there were changes in the risk assessment and classification process within
DOC. DOC currently uses a validated tool developed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.
This critical incident review offers further example that even with a validated, scientifically developed
tool a complete criminal history is needed to identify appropriate risk levels.
Recommendation:
3. Develop a protocol to ensure complete criminal history is included in all risk assessments using the static risk
assessment tool.
4. Establish a protocol for documentation that all convictions have been included in ti,e static risk assessment.
Appendix
Defmitions
Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS): ICAOS is a cooperative action among
the 50 states to promote public safety and protect the rights of victims through the conn:ol and regulation of
the interstate movement of offenders in the community. Implemented in 2002, every jurisdiction in the
United States and two U.S. territories is subject to ICAOS rules. Any felony offender with any supervisory
requirement, beyond only the order to pay legal iinancial obligations and obey all laws, is eligible for an
ICAOS transfer. No jurisdiction shall permit an offender who is eligible for transfer under the compact to
relocate to another state except as provided in the rules.
Jail Booking and Reporting System (JBRS): JBRS serves as a central repository and instant infonnation
source for offender infonnation and statistical data. This system allows the entry and retrieval of real time
and historical infonnation on offenders held in each of the state's jails. It will also provide ad-hoc reports and
summary. data at pre-determined intervals for use in managing the jails within Washington.
Level of Service Inventory - Revised (LSI-R): The LSI-R is a 54 item assessment which provides a
quantitative survey of offender atn·ibutes and offender situations relevant for making decisions about levels
of supervision and treatment. The LSI-R was used by DOC as part of the risk assessment process plior to the
implementation of the current Criminal Conviction Record and Static Risk Assessment tools.
Offender Accountability Plan (OAP): The OAP was the primary method for coordination, documentation,
and communication of offender risk management activities. It was a means for integrating field and facility
offender classification and supervision activities to reduce risk and effect pro-social behavior change for
offenders under DOC jurisdiction. The OAP was replaced by a similar method called the Offender
Supervision Plan.
Offender Based Tracking System (ORTS): This system was the major repository of infonnation regarding
offenders used by DOC. Data includes movements within and between institutions, classification, sentence
structure, conditions imposed, counselor or ceo notes, etc. It was acquired from the state of Florida in 1983
and implemented in Washington in 1984. It was extensively modified to meet the changing requirements of
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Washington sentencing laws until the implementation of the Offender Management Network lnfonnation
(OMNI) in Z008. OBTS still retains Health Services, Victim Witness, Resource and Program Management,
archive data and incident reporting.
Offender Management Network Information (OMNI): OMNI is a web-based application used for
collecting and managing offender records in order to assist in the supervision of offenders while incarcerated
and under supervision in the community. OMNI replaced OBTS as DOC's system of record on August 4,
Z008.
Risk Management Identification (RMI): The RMI was used in coordination witb tbe LSI-R to determine
an offender's risk level by focusing on the specific behavior that was involved in the commission of crimes.
Definitions of specific criteria that lead to risk level classification for RMA, RMB, and RMC classification
are below:
RMA classification criteria: Score a 41 or higher on the LSI-R and have been convicted of a violent
crime, have been designated by the End of Sentence Review Board or local Law Enforcement as a
Level III sex offender, having been designated as Dangerously Mentally 1Il, having conunitted a
sexual assault or violent act against a stranger, having committed a criminal act that was predatory,
having committed a criminal act against a vulnerable victim, having committed a criminal act that
was considered to be a hate clime, and those offenders who were considered to be Imminent Threat
toward a past or known potential victim.
RMB classification criteria: The offender had been assessed as having "High Needs", score 41 or
higher on the LSI-R but not have a violent or serious violent offence, be under the jurisdiction of the
ISRB, having been designated as a Level II sex offender, having been designated as a Level I sex
offender who is required to participate in sexual deviancy treatment, be an offender who was granted
the Special Sex Offender Sentencing Altemative and been in treatment less than six months, having a
cun·ent conviction for Domestic Violence and an assessment of Imminent Risk has yet to be
detennined.
RMC classification criteria: Score·Z4 to 40 on the LSI-R without a serious violent conviction,
Level I sex offender who does not meet the criteria for RMA or RMB, offenders who have two or
more Domestic Violence related arrests within the past five years, history of conunitting a violent act
resulting in physical injury or sexual assault outside of a domestic relationship.
RMD classification criteria: Offenders who do not meet the criteria to be assigned to RMA, RMB,
or RMC, with an LSI-R score of 0 to Z3, will be assigned to RMD.
Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE): VINE is operated by the National Victim Notification
Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable infonnation about criminal cases
and the custody status of offenders. Victims and other concemed citizens can also register to be notified
when an offender's custody status changes.
Interstate Documents Reviewed
5/20/09

Offender Violation Report from Washington to Arkansas
./ 5/11/09 Indecent Liberties and 5/9/09 Aggressive Assault on a Police Officer/Destruction of
Pro ert char es. Booked and released in Pierce Count on 5/9/09. Currentl bein sou hI b

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5/29/09
6/2/09

7/16/09

8/7/09
8/12/09

8/14/09

9108/09

9/11109

9/11109
9113109
9114/09
9/16/09

10105/09

law enforcement for new charges on 5/11/09.
Response from Arkansas to Washington
./ Acknowledged receipt of the 5/20/09 violation report. Warrant issued 5/28/09 and is entered into
NCIC.
Case Closure Notice from Washington to Arkansas
./ Closing interest per ICAOS Rule 4.112. Advised that Washington State would not re-open the
case upon apprehension, but would conduct the Probable Cause Hearing.
Compact Action Request from Arkansas to Washington
./ Clemmons bas been arrested and is being held pending local charges. Arkansas Parole Board has
rescinded its abscond warrant and asks that Washington re-open tbe case and place back on
supervisIOn.
Amended Offender Violation Report from Washington to Arkansas
./ Amended to let Arkansas know Clenunons was out on bond of $150,000 and $40,000 and
recommending retum.
Offender Violation Report from Washington to Arkansas
./ Updating Arkansas that on 7/30/09 attempted to conduct a Probable Cause Hearing but Clenunons
had bailed, so no hearing took place. Based on advice from the Attomey General's Office, DOC
issued a Secretary's Warrant on 8/19109 and Clenunons was taken into custody on 8/20/09. A PC
Hearing was conducted on 8/31109; however, it was vacated on 9/2/09 after the Hearings Officer
leamed tbat Arkansas had not re-issued their warrant. On 911 0109 a Conununity Custody Hearing
was conducted. Clemmons was sanctioned to retum to Arkansas and if Arkansas refused to retake
him, he is to serve 120 days.
Response to Violation Report from Arkansas to Washington
./ Acknowledged receipt of the Violation Report and continue to supervise and apply any
appropriate sanctions.
Amended Offender Violation Repolt from Washington to Arkansas
./ Details out the violations and states Clemmons will remain under supervision with the
recommended sanctions of 12 weeks of increased reporting, 120 days total confmement and a
finding of a Significant Violation for Interstate purposes.
Interstate Hearing Report
./ The Administrative Hearing held on 9/1 0/09 at the Snohomish County Jail authored by Robert La
Latme, DOC Hearing Officer recommending retum to Arkansas for further adjudication. If not
retumed, 120 days confinement with credit for time served since 8/20/09, instructing Clenunons
to repmt to his CCO within one business day of release from confinement and then weekly as
directed for 12 weeks.
Hearing and Decision Appeal filed by Clemmons
DOC Regional Appeals Panel Decision
./ Affmned the decision of the Hearings Officer
Letter to Heating and Decision Appeal by from Clemmons
./ Appeal on their 911 3/09 decision
Offender Violation Report from Washington to Arkansas
./ A formal repmt to follow up for documentation purposes that Clenunons was in custody on the
Secretary's Warrant in the Snohomish County Jail on 8/20/09.
Response to Offender Violation Report from Arkansas to Washington
./ Acknowledged receipt of the Violation Report, continue supervision and notify upon disposition
of pending charges. Explanation: Attached you will find technicalwarrant number PB-09004785
dated 10/02/09 issued by the AR Board of Parole. Please continue supervision of this offender
pending the disposition of the pending charges. Once the charges have been adjudicated please
forward a copy of the Sentencing and Judgment (sic) issued by the Court. AR ISC (Interstate

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Compact) will review for possible re-taking of the subject for parole revocation.

10102/09

Warrant for Retaking Prisoner (Technical Violation) from Arkansas
,/ T' s warrant was applicable to Arkansas only and was not entered into NCIC by Arkansas.

Team Lead Signature

Assistant Secretary/designee Signature

e contents of this document may be eligible for public disclosure.

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Date

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Social Security Numbers are considered confidential

infonnation and will be redacted in the event of such a request. This form is governed by Executive Order 00-03, RCW 42.56, and
RCW 40.14.

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