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Sex offenders won't be handing out candy on Halloween

By Taylor Kinkade - bio | email 

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  When you send your kids out on Halloween, a lot of dangers could be lurking as they knock on strangers' doors, but the Russell County Sheriff's Department is trying to help put parents' minds at ease.

While Russell County families are out trick-or-treating, there is one group that won't be enjoying the holiday, that's because on Halloween the Russell County Commission Chambers will be filled with sex offenders.

"The Department of Pardons and Parole is partnering with the sheriff's office on Halloween night from 6 to 9 to make all registered sex offenders who are in this county and still on probation mandated for them to report here to the commission chambers," explained Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.

Right now, 150 registered sex offenders live in Russell County and instead of handing out candy to children on Halloween night, they will be gathered together to learn about sex offender registry with the sheriff's office. Sheriff Taylor told News Leader Nine, "We only have control over those still on probation but that's still a substantial amount of people that we can get off the street and make the houses safer for kids to walk up to."

Another way the sheriff's office is trying to keep kids safe during trick-or-treating is by directing residents to the sex offender registry web site, "If the parents even further want to feel safer about it, go to our web site, look up the community you'll be trick-or-treating in, find out if sex offenders live in that area, write the address down, and make sure you kids avoid that home if that is what you choose to do."

If you would like to look up sex offenders in your neighborhood click here: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54203

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