Sex offenders warned to stay indoors for Halloween
BATON ROUGE - With nearly 1,000 sex offenders in East Baton Rouge Parish, probation and parole officers will be on the lookout for sex offenders violating Halloween guidelines.
People can track sex offenders in your area by visiting the state's database or by downloading a smartphone app. One app shows your location and the sex offenders that live nearby.
Pam Laborde with the Department of Corrections said sex offenders are contacted before Halloween so they know that they aren't supposed to give out candy, wear costumes or have a porch light on.
"We've reached out either by letter or telephone call to let them know what is expected of them during trick or treat hours on Halloween, what they can and cannot do and what is expected of them," she said.
Laborde says probation and parole officers will hit the streets Halloween night to randomly check on sex offenders that are under probation and parole supervision. Those found violating the rules could be arrested on the spot.
"So there's not just the app," said one parent. "They're not just on the app, and they're not just supposed to follow the protocol of no candy, turn off your lights, etc. But to have people out there ensuring it, as a parent I'm really happy about that."
Parents can find trick or treat times for their parish on our Halloween page.