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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Press Release
October 28, 2016
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Florida Department of Corrections Focused on Public Safety and Offender Supervision During Halloween

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On October 31, Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) probation officers will work together with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to ensure sex offenders under felony supervision do not partake in any Halloween-related activities involving minors.

During designated “trick-or-treat” hours, FDC probation officers will make personal contact with sex offenders under their jurisdiction and conduct surveillance in local communities. Safety efforts will also include surprise visits by probation officers, frequent residence monitoring, and increased surveillance at motels and treatment facilities that sex offenders use.

Secretary Julie Jones said, “At the Department, our top priority on Halloween is always the safety of Florida’s communities. FDC’s increased presence and vigilance, along with our collaboration with local law enforcement, will ensure that Florida’s children and their parents are able to enjoy safe and peaceful Halloween activities.”

In addition to the increased security, sex offenders under supervision have also been given strict instructions regarding restrictions for the holiday:

  • 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 costumes or masks.
  • Do not attend Halloween parties where children will be present.

Offenders who do not remain in compliance with the terms of their supervision will be subject to immediate arrest.

Florida citizens can search for sex offenders located in or near their neighborhoods by visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Offender Search webpage at: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do?actionPerformed=neighborhoodSearchMain.

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 99,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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