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Plans to monitor sex offenders on Halloween in Va.

10:47 AM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9) -- The Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke announced plans to monitor sex offenders under probation and parole supervision in the state on Halloween night in an effort called Operation Porch Lights Out.

During this effort, offenders are 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 trick-or-treating hours, according to officials.

Department of Corrections Community Corrections, State Police, and local law enforcement will work together in this operation. "This collaborative operation between local and state authorities has been in place since 2001," said Director Clarke.

This year, six districts plan to hold mandatory meetings at secure locations while the remaining districts will require offenders to remain at home with their lights out. Officers will make random home visits, according to officials.

Additionally, officials say 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. Officials tell us that state police will verify and update each offender's registration on the State Police Sex Offender Registry.

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