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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Press Release
October 29, 2008
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Department of Corrections probation officers increase sex offender supervision on Halloween

Tallahassee -- Florida Department of Corrections probation officers will be out in force on Halloween, making sure sex offenders are not participating in any Halloween activities involving children. In addition, between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Halloween, probation officers will be increasing their monitoring of these offenders through methods including surprise home visits, multiple residence drive bys and increased surveillance at motels that cater to sex offenders, and treatment facilities. Our officers are also working closely with local law enforcement agencies statewide to keep Halloween safe for all children.

Probation Officers will instruct sex offenders currently on supervision who are restricted from having unsupervised contact with minors to comply with the following restrictions on Halloween:

  • Do not give out candy or other treats.
  • Turn off porch lights, close blinds.
  • No outside decorations to attract children.
  • Do not answer the door to trick or treaters.
  • Do not dress in costume or masks.
  • Do not attend Halloween parties where children will be present.

These restrictions apply to any residence where a sex offender is located, and these restrictions apply to all members of that household, including family members or roommates of sex offenders. 

Parents are encouraged to accompany children when trick-or-treating, to carry a cell phone and to instruct them to avoid darkened houses and hotels/motels. Parents may also want to visit FDLE’s website at: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/, and search for sexual offenders and predators in your neighborhood. But remember, the sex offenders listed on this website may not be the only sex offenders in an area.  There are currently more than 9,000 sex offenders on state supervision in Florida.

By working together, parents, law enforcement, and the Florida Department of Corrections can help you and your children have a safe Halloween.

For interview opportunities, contact Communications Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.