Officers checking sex offender compliance for Halloween
LOUISIANA — With Halloween fast approaching, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has put sex offenders under probation or parole supervision on notice about prohibited activities for that evening. In addition, Probation and Parole (P&P) District Offices throughout Louisiana will hold mandatory meetings, conduct checks of sex offender residences, or utilize a combination of both in an effort to verify individuals are complying with directives.
Several P&P districts are hosting mandatory educational meetings for supervised sex offenders either at the local district office or other public venue (courthouse, police stations, etc.). These meetings will be held during trick-or-treating hours in the local area. P&P staff will provide information on laws passed during the 2012 Legislative Session in relation to sex offenders, check for proper identification and ensure current registration compliance with local authorities.
Other P&P districts will be conducting sex offender residence checks, with a particular focus on those individuals with convictions involving juvenile victims. Sex offenders were sent letters advising them not to engage in any Halloween-related activities, to turn off all lights exterior lights, and not to open the door or hand out candy at the residence. Failure to attend the mandatory meetings or comply with other directives may result in a violation of supervision conditions and will be reported to the court or Committee on Parole for further action. Only those who have obtained prior permission may be excused from the mandatory meetings.
“P&P Officers will be working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to make Halloween the fun and safe time that it was meant to be,” said DPS&C Secretary James M. Le Blanc. “I would urge parents, however, to still keep a close eye on their children and report suspicious behavior to authorities.”
The Department, through the Probation and Parole Division, supervises just over 2,000 sex offenders across the state. It is important to note that there are additional sex offenders not under P&P supervision that must register with local law enforcement. The public can search for registered sex offenders in their area by visiting the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry.