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Georgia prohibits sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities

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According to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, all 1,148 sex offenders under parole supervision in the State of Georgia will be prevented from participating in Halloween festivities.

"Sex offenders in the community will again be prohibited from decorating for Halloween, having outside lights turned on, or answering the door and giving out treats," says Parole's Field Operations Director David Morrison.

They will also be subjected to curfews,and prevented from attending Halloween programming.

Parole officers will be teaming up with local law enforcement to make residence checks, ensuring sex offenders are following these rules.  

Morrison says the Parole Board's efforts are about public safety.

"As a paroling authority, and as parole officers, it's our job to ensure offenders in the community are in compliance, and we want everyone to know we're providing this measure of public safety during Halloween, so that they—the public—do feel safe and have no concerns as they enjoy Halloween activities."

Dusk to dawn curfews will be in place for sex offenders on parole, and compliance sweeps where officers visit the homes of sex offenders will be conducted throughout the evening hours in most areas of the state. Residence searches will also be conducted.

In some areas of the state, sex offenders will be directed to report to a facility or location and remain there during "trick or treating" hours. Parole officers will attend some community group activities that are planned, conducting surveillance and ensuring sex offenders are not in attendance.

Georgia families can also check the sex offender registry to determine where registered sex offenders live:  http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry

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