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Whitestone Foundation

Whitestone Foundation Focusing on New Post-Sentence Civil Commitment Laws

Whitestone Foundation exposes programs designed to warehouse sex offenders. Since organizing in 1998, Whitestone has gained national attention. Our missions: 1) provide critical analysis of civil commitment programs designed to re-incarcerate criminals in indefinite confinement (touted as mental health treatment), and 2) educate how restorative justice principles apply to sex offenders.

Whitestone was founded in Washington, the first state to develop sex offender civil commitment in 1990 (RCW 71.09). Civil rights litigation has forced costs of incarceration in Washington's program to over $400,000 per resident per year!

Such laws as 71.09 prove current public policy moves to stigmatize and vilify certain criminals, broadening the sanctions on this offender type to prolonged and indefinite punishment, shifting mission from rehabilitation to vengeance toward some offenders. Nothing stops the lawmakers from targeting other criminals, too. Washington state just passed civil commitment for substance abusers (RCW 72.09).

Whitestone Foundation produces a monthly newsletter addressing the practices of local and national civil commitment schemes, rulings on legal challenges of these laws, and any news that might impact public policy as it relates to the civil commitment of sex offenders. Newsletter rates are $10.00 per year. Whitestone does not offer legal advice, but we do have an 89 page list of case law/writings focused on civil commitment of sex offenders, also available for $10.00. Whitestone is a grassroots non-profit. Unfortunately, we cannot offer free subscriptions.

To order, contact Whitestone Foundation at PO Box 1138, Bothell, Washington, 98041-1138 or email You may find us on the web at

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