Thursday, October 29, 2009
Parole agents and law enforcement officers will be out with the trick-or-treaters around California on Halloween. The goal is to check on sex offenders to make sure they’re complying with their parole.
Gordon Hinkle is with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He says on Halloween, sex offenders have to follow strict requirements.
“Including curfews, they have to keep their lights out at their homes," says Hinkle. "They’re not allowed to offer children candy, and anybody that’s breaking the curfew will be arrested.”
Hinkle says sex offenders are required to be in their homes between 5 p.m. Halloween eve and 5 the next morning. They’re also not allowed to put up Halloween decorations.
This is the 17th year in a row that the department has conducted Halloween checks on sex offenders. Last year there were 45 arrests.
CDCR monitors about 7,000 sex offender parolees. All are monitored by GPS.