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    Default Homeless sex offenders rounded up for Halloween

    California's homeless sex offender parolees will be rounded up and kept indoors Halloween night under a new initiative announced under the state's annual Operation Boo crackdown.

    The state corrections department began the Halloween night initiative in 1994 and has expanded it since.

    Sex offenders on parole are required to remain indoors from 5 p.m. Halloween night to 5 a.m. the next day and are banned from turning on external lights or decorating their houses for Halloween.

    During the curfew they may only open the door to law enforcement.

    The new condition imposed this year deals with transient sex offenders, who will be required to report to special centers to spend the night under supervision.

    In Southern California, several government entities have taken a hard line on sex offenders leading up to Halloween this year. Riverside County supervisors and the cities of Hemet and Temeculahave passed measures prohibiting sex offenders (including those not on parole) from decorating their houses or passing out candy.
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    Is this a good idea to help keep kids safe, or does it create a false sense of security? Anyone concerned about the rights of the parolees, or the cost of providing them a place to stay for the night?
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    I guess I can see prohibiting them from decorating their houses or handing out candy (because aren't at least some sex offenders supposed to not come within X feet of schools and whatnot? Kind of the same idea.) But rounding them all up seems a bit extreme. I would think that they could spend their time better promoting the idea that young children should be accompanied ToTing by an adult, and that older kids should go out in groups. The buddy system, ya know?
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    I don't mind them rounding them up at all. They, to me, have committed the most heinous of crimes anyone ever could. Plus, they've already proven that sex offenders can never really be rehabilitated like a burgler or a murderer can... as their crime is a type of illness. But, I also think that parents have to be responsible with their children. Get on the sex offenders websites and see where they live. Trick or treat with your children. The problem is a lot of offenders don't register, so because of that I have no problem with them rounding them all up.
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    They should for sure have to stay inside and turn off lights etc on halloween. The one on our street isn't allowed to even talk to parents of minor children.
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    Rounding them up, huh. Pretty sick.

    How many of these people are on these lists for sleeping with their girlfriend who is 2 years younger?

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    If a segment of the population has to be "rounded up" then they shouldn't have been let out in the first place. They did their time and they already have to be listed on a website for all to see. If you are that worried as a parent that your child will come across a sex offender, then go with them or only let them go to the houses of peopel you knwo or go to a plan community event like trick or treat in the malls.

    why is Halloween any different then any other day? I would guess one should be more worried on days when there aren't hundred of kids and adults out together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    Rounding them up, huh. Pretty sick.

    How many of these people are on these lists for sleeping with their girlfriend who is 2 years younger?
    Probably not as "sick" as what they did to little children in the first place...

    I have no problem with them making it mandatory for these individuals to remain indooors on a holiday where there are children everywhere.

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    I think this is talking about homeless sex offenders - not the ones who live on your street or nearby. So they could potentially be roaming the streets as well since they have no option to be inside, basically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    Rounding them up, huh. Pretty sick.

    How many of these people are on these lists for sleeping with their girlfriend who is 2 years younger?
    The one living by us was convicted of multiple counts of sodomy against children age 2 -13.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    Rounding them up, huh. Pretty sick.

    How many of these people are on these lists for sleeping with their girlfriend who is 2 years younger?
    Illegal is illegal. Plus I'm quite sure the majority of sex offenders don't fall into the category listed above. If they do, then that's their own fault for having sex with someone that was underage... period.
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