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Developmental Disabilities

Community Protection Program

The Community Protection program provides 24-hour supervision of people with developmental disabilities who have committed crimes and served their prison time; exhibited inappropriate behaviors in public or are suspected of crimes but have been determined to be incapable of participating in trials.

Their disabilities may include:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Down syndrome.

There are approximately 470 people in the Community Protection program. They live in communities throughout Washington.