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Parole workers protest possible cuts

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- How would you feel if sex offenders and gang members were not being supervised by a parole officer?

These are the questions parole officers asked people on the street in Kennewick during a demonstration Thursday afternoon.

The demonstrations are part of an effort by parole officers to save their jobs from budget cuts.

Over a month ago, the governor's office told state agencies to find a way to get rid of an additional five to ten percent of services.

For the department of corrections that means finding $163 million dollars to cut.

But protesters have one word to describe this situation,"disastrous, nobody is going to be watching the rapist next door. In the time that we spend in this interview today unfortunately a child will be molested, someone will be a victim and unfortunately there will be no one supervising those people," explains probation officer Michelle Master.

All state agencies have submitted their proposals to the governor's budget office. That office is expected to submit which departments will actually face reductions.

Then the state legislature will vote on the decisions on November 28th in a special session.

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