CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – As part of an effort to keep your kids safe while trick-or-treating, the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is implementing a state-wide Halloween curfew for sex offenders.
Officials say the curfew will begin at 5:30 p.m. Halloween night and lasts until 9:00 p.m.
The department does want to reiterate that it is perfectly safe to allow your child to trick-or-treat under supervision.
The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services says the curfew applies to all persons under supervision for a sexual offense. But be aware, it does not apply to all registered sex offenders because some may no longer be on probation.
We are told the curfew will be enforced through agent surveillance techniques in all counties across the state.
During the curfew, sex offenders will be unable to distribute candy, leave their homes, or participate in Halloween parties until the curfew ends.
Some counties even require offenders to meet at a central location.
In 2017, agents perfumed 514 resident checks and 304 landline checks state wide. There was one arrest and five citations.
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