State Watching Paroled Offenders on Halloween
October 29, 2013 – Indiana’s Department of Corrections has plans for paroled sex offenders on Halloween. It says Halloween will be safer for Hoosier children due to its annual statewide initiative to closely monitor sex offenders and keep them away from children during the youth-oriented day.
It says that Thursday, “paroled sex offenders in each of the state’s ten Parole Districts must adhere to a special curfew and restrictions during each community’s scheduled trick-or-treat hours. Sex offenders will be required to attend a mandatory meeting, turn in safety plans for the evening, or remain at home and not pass out candy.”
IDOC says those offenders who remain at residences have been advised to turn off their outside lights during evening hours and refrain from displaying Halloween decorations, with some of them posting signs that they are not participating in passing out candy. IDOC says all sex offenders will also be subject to unannounced home visits and compliance checks.
IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon says, “Our parole staff work hard every day to keep our communities safe. For events such as this, it is important that law enforcement agencies work together to promote public safety. Operation Safe Halloween allows our parole agents to more effectively monitor sex offenders and give parents in our community some peace of mind on what should be a fun family holiday.”
Indiana DOC’s Parole Services Division says 2013 marks its tenth Operation Safe Halloween, as parole staff work with local law enforcement, probation and community corrections agencies to ensure full compliance and accountability of paroled offenders.