DOC works to make Halloween safer for children
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is working to make sure that kids are safe while trick-or-treating. On Halloween, the DOC will work with local law enforcement agencies statewide to closely monitor sex offenders that are on probation or parole.
Registered sex offenders are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities.
To ensure the safety of children, law enforcement officers will team up with DOC Probation and Parole Agents to conduct random home visits on high-risk sex offenders while kids are trick-or-treating. Any sex offenders found in violation of restrictions on Halloween will be taken into custody.
Grace Roberts, the director of Sex Offender Programs for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, believes that children’s safety habits instilled on Halloween can be practiced year round.
“Halloween is a perfect opportunity to discuss safety with children that can be practiced throughout the whole year. For trick-or-treating, children should never go alone and always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult. Children should be taught to never enter homes of other people without their parent’s permission. Lastly, for trick-or-treating, parents should know the neighborhood before going out,” Roberts says.
Parents can conduct a search on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry website to get to examine the safety of their neighborhood.