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DOC monitoring sex offenders for Halloween

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Halloween will be safer for children across Indiana thanks to an annual statewide initiative to closely monitor sex offenders and keep them off community streets during the youth-oriented holiday

For the 11th year the Indiana Department of Correction’s Parole Services Division will be participating in Operation Safe Halloween, as parole staff work with local law enforcement, probation, and community corrections agencies within the community to ensure full compliance and accountability.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, paroled sex offenders in each of the state’s ten parole districts must adhere to a special curfew and other 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.

As in previous years, sex offenders who remain at their approved residence have been advised to turn off their outside lights during the evening hours, refrain from displaying Halloween decorations, and some will post signs that they are not participating in passing out candy. All sex offenders will also be subject to unannounced home visits and compliance checks.

“Our parole staff will be diligent in keeping our communities safe,” DOC Commissioner Rob Carter said. “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.”



Posted 10/30/2018




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