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Halloween restrictions listed for sex offenders

October 28, 2005

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No jack-o'-lanterns, no candy, no lights and no parties.

Those are some of the Halloween rules the Kansas Department of Corrections is enforcing this year for the 815 sex offenders statewide who are on parole from prison. The department announced the rules Thursday as part of a "Halloween Action Plan" to ease residents' concerns about sex offenders in the community.

"There's so much fear and anxiety," KDOC spokeswoman Frances Breyne said. "It's just the responsible thing for us to do."

Breyne said parole officers would do extra supervision and surveillance in coming days and would remind sex offenders of their rules for participating in Halloween - even though in some cases the offender's crime had nothing to do with children.

The rules apply only to people who have been released from prison for a sex crime and are still under supervision, a category that includes at least nine sex offenders in Douglas County.

Prison officials in other states including New Jersey, New York and Texas announced programs similar to Kansas' in recent days. This is the fourth Halloween for the KDOC program, Breyne said, but it's being publicized for the first time this year.

"It's an enhancement to what we already do" to supervise sex offenders on parole, Breyne said.

Before Ron Stegall signs onto the idea that Halloween is more dangerous for children than other days, he'd like to see a study backing it up.

Stegall is in charge of supervising roughly 200 offenders who are on probation in Douglas County but haven't entered the prison system. He said his Community Corrections department didn't have any special Halloween plans for the sex offenders it supervises.

"We don't have any who were identified as a major concern at this point who are in the community," he said. "We believe in consistent supervision, day in and day out, as opposed to certain specific dates."

In the past five years in Lawrence, there has been just one Halloween incident involving a suspicious person approaching a child, said Sgt. Dan Ward, a Lawrence Police spokesman. In 2003, an 8-year-old boy told police a man in a silver sports car tried to give him candy in the 1100 block of Andover Street.

Comments

something142 8 years, 5 months ago

The www.mapsexoffenders.com website has helped me educate myself on who the sex offenders are in the area.

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sunnysideup 8 years, 5 months ago

thanx enochville for the valuable information, i know about all the websites, but when you get one of these guys dropped in your lap, a stones throw away...... You can't really do much. Except NEVER let your kid play outside again.

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offtotheright 8 years, 5 months ago

The City of Lawrence should BAN all of the dots from living within City limits.

Come on Lawrence, ban something that will do some good for god's sake!

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enochville 8 years, 5 months ago

sunnysideup: I am not sure if you read the "On the Street" message board, so I'm going to put the link here for a map, pictures, and street addresses of local sex offenders: http://www.familywatchdog.us/Search.asp

It is not as good as putting it in the paper, but for those who go to the site, they can find out where these people live and what they look like.

Also, Oprah has been focusing the nation's attention more on sex offenders who are not registered and offering $100,000 reward for info that leads to the capture of a few sex offenders pictured on her show's website.

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smitty 8 years, 5 months ago

Stegall said...."We believe in consistent supervision, day in and day out, as opposed to certain specific dates."

You decide.

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sunnysideup 8 years, 5 months ago

why doesn't dg co just print the addresses and put the pictures of these people on the front page of the paper? these offenders get more protection from the county than the children do!

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