Registered sex offenders under supervision face special Halloween restrictions, including being prohibited from distributing candy and wearing costumes, a state agency said Monday.
“Families should be able to enjoy this festive occasion without worrying about the safety of their children,” Anthony J. Annucci, the acting commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said Monday in announcing Operation Halloween.
The initiative, in its 11th consecutive year, is designed to impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders, providing a safer Halloween, the agency said in a news release.
Annucci said the agency “is committed to keeping the public safe,” and community supervision staff “will be closely supervising all sex offenders who are on parole.”
About 3,000 sex offenders under supervision will be contacted by their parole officer on Halloween night, according to the release.
As part of Operation Halloween, the department imposed the following special conditions on sex offenders:
** Beginning early afternoon Halloween day, 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.
** Sex offender parolees cannot distribute candy or partake in the act of “trick-or-treating.” Neither can they wear costumes, masks or other disguises.
In addition, county probation departments, which monitor about 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.
Parents can check the state’s Sex Offender Registry; Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders can be found at criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor. The registry contains residence addresses, photographs and vehicle specifics, such as make, model and license plate, among other information.
Information on Level 1, or low-risk sex offenders, can be found by calling 800-262-3257 and taking option 1. Staff are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
Callers must have an individual’s name and at least one other identifier, such as a date of birth or an exact address. By law, residence information for these offenders is limited to ZIP code.