Operation Halloween targets paroled sex offenders

ALBANY, N.Y. — For the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween.

“Community Supervision staff work hard and diligently every day to ensure safety in our communities and Halloween is no exception. My goal during this initiative is to make sure our streets are free of sex offenders and New York families have a safe trick-or-treating experience,” DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said.

The agency supervises 2,302 sex offenders on parole statewide. As part of the Operation Halloween, the

Department has imposed the following special conditions on sex offenders:

  • Beginning in the early afternoon on Halloween, or immediately following the end of their work day or completion of an approved community program, all sex offender parolees are to remain in their residence until 6 a.m. the following morning. 
  • Parolees cannot open their doors, distribute candy or partake in the act of “trick-or-treating.” 
  • Parolees cannot wear any costume, mask or other disguises.

In addition, county Probation Departments, which monitor approximately 5,000 sex offenders under probation supervision, also may have programs in place to monitor those offenders on Halloween. 

Those initiatives can vary from county to county, as Probation Departments are locally administered.

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