TDOC announces Halloween policies for Tennessee sex offenders
As part of “Operation Blackout,” sex offenders in Tennessee must follow an additional set of rules: no candy, no Halloween events, a curfew and more.
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee Correctional Service today announced its “Operation Blackout” – an “extra layer of accountability” for sex offenders during the Halloween season.
TDOC supervises nearly 3,500 registered sex offenders. In a statement, officials said these offenders have an additional set of rules and increased supervision during Halloween.
Correctional administrator Sue Siedentop said that because Halloween is so popular with children, it requires additional supervision from TDOC.
“Our officers do an excellent job of ensuring that offenders meet the conditions of their supervision. But during Halloween – when thousands of children go door to door – our agents will be in the community to make sure these children have a safe night, ”Siedentop said in a statement.
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The TDOC said sex offenders in Tennessee must follow these rules during Halloween:
- Be home at 6 p.m.
- Have no Halloween decorations
- Keep their porch light off
- Don’t give out Halloween candy
- Do not attend any Halloween function (Alleluia Night, Harvest Festivities, etc.)
The TDOC said its officers will investigate neighborhoods and visit violators to ensure compliance.
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Officials said parents should always consider the following safety guidelines to ensure children can safely celebrate Halloween:
- Go with your child on Halloween night.
- If you choose to let your child go out without adult supervision, make sure you know where your child will be baking treats.
- Before going out on Halloween night, check the TBI Sex Offender Registry to find out which homes you should avoid.
- If you notice any suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency.
- If you see a TDOC offender at a Halloween event or with Halloween decorations, call 1-844-TDC-FIND and report it.