ALBANY — Georgia sex offenders on parole won’t be trick or treating this year, or even giving treats to those who are, say officials with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Sherita Kelly, a supervisor with the Albany Probation Office, said that separating sex offenders from young Halloween revelers has been standard procedure since 2006.
“The main reason we follow this system is to promote safety and to reassure the community we’re doing what we can to protect children while they’re out,” Kelly said.
According to an issued statement by the the Parole and Pardons Board, known sex offenders will be prohibited from decorating for Halloween, having outside lights turned on or answering the door and giving out treats.
“As a paroling authority, and as parole officers, it’s our job to ensure offenders in the community are in compliance and we want everyone to know we’re providing this measure of public safety during Halloween, so that the public feels safe, with no concerns as they enjoy Halloween actives,” said David Morrison, Georgia field operations director.
Kelly said that while most offenders will simply be subjected to a dusk until dawn curfew, 60 to 65 “high-risk” offenders will be detained at the probation office on Evelyn Avenue from 5:45 p.m. till 9 p.m. Thursday. According to Kelly, almost all offenders comply with the restrictions.
“They expect it,” Kelly said. “They know it will occur. It’s a condition of their probation.”
The Albany Probation Office receives assistance in the Halloween initiative from the Dougherty County School Police, the Albany Police Department and the Dougherty County Sheriffs Office, Kelly said.