Florida sex offenders under felony supervision have been given explicit instruction on what they cannot do this Halloween, in an effort to ensure they aren’t coming into contact with minors.
Sex offenders are not allowed to give out candy or answer their door to trick-or-treaters. They’ve been instructed to keep porch lights off and blinds closed. Also, they cannot decorate the outside of their homes, dress in costumes or masks or attend Halloween parties where children may be present.
If offenders are found in violation of any of those rules, they will be arrested.
Florida Department of Corrections probation officers are partnering with local law enforcement agencies to increase personal contact with offenders during designated trick-or-treat hours and conduct surveillance.
Offenders may receive surprise visits from probations officers and can expect a drive-by from law enforcement officers ensuring they are in compliance. The increased surveillance includes motels and treatment facilities known to attract sex offenders.
“The FDC Office of Community Corrections’ top priority is the safety of Florida’s communities,” said Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections Julie Jones. “Our officer’s increased vigilance and collaboration with local law enforcement will ensure that Florida’s children and their parents are able to enjoy a safe and peaceful Halloween.”
Parents interested in adding an additional layer of security for their children can view a list of offenders in their area at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s offender search Web page.