Va. to monitor sex offenders on Halloween night

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has announced plans to monitor sex offenders under probation and parole supervision throughout the state on Halloween night.

Through Operation Porch Lights Out, offenders are required to remain at home with their lights out and not answer the door for trick-or-treaters. If they’re not at home, they are required to attend a meeting at a secure location during the evening hours when children are likely to be trick-or-treating.

Of Virginia’s 43 probation and parole districts, seven districts plan to hold mandatory meetings at secure locations while the remaining districts will require offenders to remain at home with their lights out, not answering the door for trick-or-treaters.

To ensure offender compliance, probation and parole officers, state police and local law enforcement will make random home visits.

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