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"Operation Boo" tells sex offenders to follow Halloween rules

9:34 PM, Oct 29, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - State supervised sex-offenders are being monitored to make sure they don't attract children to their homes. Special conditions are imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night.

They include:
* A 5 p.m to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
* No exterior lights can be on at their homes, so it looks as if no one is home and discourages children from approaching;
* They are not allowed to offer candy and are not allowed to display Halloween decorations;
* During the curfew, sex-offender parolees are only allowed to open the door to uniformed law enforcement officers or parole agents checking for compliance.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) spokesperson Luis Patino states that there are nearly 92 thousand sex-offenders in California. He said that CDCR is responsible for supervising about 11 percent of them.

"Many people think that CDCR, the corrections department here in California, actually supervises all sex offenders and that's far from the truth," said Patino.

CDCR has been conducting and expanding the Operation Boo Project since 1994. This is the 18th year for the program, but the first time they've offered a parent empowerment brochure. The parent's guide can be found by clicking here.

The free downloadable brochure also shares helpful information for parents to use to locate area sex offenders to help keep kids from trick-or-treating at potentially dangerous homes.

By Natalie Sentz,



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