Sex Offenders' Rules For Halloween
STATE: SEX OFFENDERS ON PROBATION/PAROLE WILL HAVE HALLOWEEN CURFEW
Columbia - The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services will again have a curfew for offenders under its supervision for a sex offense.
Halloween Rules for sex offenders on Probation, Parole and other forms of community supervision under the jurisdiction of SCDPPPS are as follows:
· Curfew: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. statewide on Halloween day (Tuesday).
· This applies to all persons under supervision for a sex offense. (Note: This does not apply to all registered sex offenders, many of whom are no longer on probation or parole and therefore not under the jurisdiction of SCDPPPS.)
· Curfew will be enforced through agent surveillance techniques in all counties in the state. Some counties will require offenders to go to a central location.
· Sex offenders have been notified there will be no lights on outside their houses; no candy distribution; no participating in Halloween parties or carnivals. They must stay in their homes and can’t go into the street.
· Don’t be overly alarmed. It is perfectly OK to allow your child to trick-or-treat under supervision.
In 2016, PPP deployed 165 personnel on Halloween. They made a total of 417 sex offender residence checks and another 320 landline phone checks statewide. A total of 192 offenders were required to go to a central place for curfew in some counties. There were no arrests but four persons were cited for violations of the directives.
You might want to check the State Law Enforcement Division web site for sex offenders in your neighborhood if you are particularly concerned: (http://scor.sled.sc.gov/ConditionsOfUse.Aspx).