NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Trick-or-treating may be an annual tradition for kids and their parents on Halloween, but to keep those kids safe, thousands of convicted sex offenders in Tennessee are under a strict curfew.
Registered sex offenders are required to stay in their home from 6 p.m. Halloween night until 6 a.m. the following morning.
They’re also required to turn off their porch light and are banned from decorating their home or handing out candy.
The restrictions are intended to keep children from approaching offenders’ homes in search of candy.
News 2 followed a pair of Tennessee Probation and Parole officers Monday night as they did surprise door-knocks at the homes of registered offenders considered high-risk.
Probation and Parole manager Carol Mathes said typically the individuals are in compliance with the rules.
Ian McCarty, the Middle Tennessee Specialized Caseload director for Probation & Parole, said the precautions are done to protect families.
“Tonight, just being such a family-focused night with all the children out, we want to make sure that the people under supervision are accounted for and they’re following those rules,” said McCarty.
The patrols are called “Operation Blackout,” a plan which require hundreds of Tennessee Department of Corrections officers to execute.
If you want to find out if sex offenders live in your neighborhood, you can search with a map on the TBI’s Sex Offender Registry site.