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State steps up monitoring of predators for Halloween

Oct 31, 2012 1:25 pm
Casey Seller reports at Capitol Confidential the 2,440 paroled sex offenders under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will once again be closely monitored as part of the agency’s Operation Halloween, a special seasonal protocol designed “to help ensure that New York’s children – and their parents – can safely enjoy holiday festivities in their neighborhoods.”  As part of the department's effort, which took effect in 2006, officers impose special conditions, conduct surveillance and make unannounced home visits and curfew checks at sex offender’s residences on Halloween. Seller also writes the state Division of Criminal Justice Services is reminding parents to use Facebook to access information about medium- and high-risk sex offenders living in their community. The Sex Offender Locator Application is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.
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