Oct. 29, 2013
Virginia Department of Corrections(VADOC) Director Harold Clarke announces plans to monitor sex offenders under probation and parole supervision throughout the Commonwealth on Halloween night.
Through Operation Porch Lights Out, offenders are either required to remain at home with their lights out and not answer the door for trick-or-treaters or they are required to attend a meeting at a secure location during the evening hours when children are likely to be trick-or-treating.
“This collaborative operation between local and state authorities has been in place since 2001,” said Director Clarke. “We hope to give families peace of mind with the knowledge that this program has proven to successfully handle high-risk offenders while children are out trick-or-treating.”
To ensure offender compliance, VADOC Probation and Parole officers, State Police, and local law enforcement will make random home visits. Those offenders attending organized meetings will be required to participate in educational sessions and drug and alcohol screening while law enforcement provides oversight of any existing warrants.
VADOC Community Corrections supervises about 57,000 probationers and parolees across the state. Of those, about 3,400 are sex offenders.