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About the 'Price of Protection' project

Reporter Christine Willmsen analyzed thousands of pages of documents for her special report on Washington's civil-commitment program for sexual predators.

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For her special report on civil commitment, Price of Protection, reporter Christine Willmsen obtained thousands of pages of financial statements and billing invoices from the Department of Social and Health Services and used them to build databases to conduct analysis. The Times focused its reporting primarily on defense costs, which accounted for most of the spending and had the most problems.

Willmsen also reviewed depositions, court testimony, psychological evaluations, police reports and sexually violent predator cases across the country. She conducted several dozen interviews and filed more than a dozen requests for public records. She obtained records from many agencies, including DSHS, the Special Commitment Center, the State Attorney General's Office, the King County Prosecutor's Office and several state licensing agencies.

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