University Pushes to Evict Sex Offenders

The University of Washington in Seattle is pushing for the eviction of more than a dozen sex offenders who live in supervised boarding houses near the campus. They have no history of causing problems, but the school still wants them out of the area.

Carol Clarke, who runs the boarding houses, says she prefers renting to the sex offenders over university freshmen. She says the men are well mannered and stay out of trouble, in part, because of her rules and supervision.

The Department of Corrections agrees. DOC officials, who check on the sex offenders regularly, say Clarke provides the men the ideal structure they need to stay on the straight and narrow.

But after an on-campus murder last year — which did not involve the sex offenders — university officials insisted Clarke's tenants be evicted as a safety precaution.

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