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November 13, 2013

Sex offenders monitored on Halloween

ALBANY — For the eighth Halloween in a row, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision closely monitored sex offenders who are currently under supervision.

The statewide program imposes special conditions on sex offenders for Halloween each year.

“We manage and supervise sex offenders at an intensive level every day and especially during Operation Halloween,” DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said in a news release.

“Once again, I am proud of all of our staff for their professionalism and hard work, making sure all New York families had a safe and enjoyable evening of trick or treating.”

Of the 2,052 home visits made by parole officers, 25 parolees were cited for curfew violations and 18 offenders were taken into custody.

Throughout the evening, 128 telephone calls were made, 232 DVDs reviewed, 119 surveillances occurred, and 320 drug tests were conducted.

In some regions, certain offenders were taken to a reporting station for access to program services for the evening.

The 18 offenders taken into custody for parole violations will be held in county jails until their scheduled parole-violation hearing, which generally occurs within one month of their violation.

If found guilty of violating their parole, the offenders may be returned to a DOCCS facility or to a treatment program for up to the remainder of their original sentence.

The agency’s Community Supervision staff is responsible for the supervision of 2,474 sex offenders on parole statewide.

As part of Operation Halloween, the department imposed these special restrictions on sex offenders:

▶ Beginning in the early afternoon on Halloween or immediately following the end of their work day or completion of an approved community program, all sex-offender parolees were to remain in their residence until 6 the following morning.

▶ Parolees could not distribute candy or partake in trick or treating.

▶ Parolees could not to wear any costume, mask or other disguises.

▶ Parolees could not open doors to minors.

As of Monday, 36,336 registered sex offenders were on the state’s Sex Offender Registry: 13,921 Level 1 offenders (lowest risk of re-offense), 12,773 Level 2 offenders, 8,874 Level 3 offenders (highest risk of re-offense), and 768 offenders whose risk level is pending.

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