Brandon Hernández 5:09 a.m., June 19
Operation Boo Targets Sex Offenders on Halloween
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced an expansion of its statewide “Operation Boo” program, aimed at creating a safer Halloween environment for children.
Now in its 17th year, Boo tightens restrictions on registered sex offenders every October 31. Registrants are subject to a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, where they must remain indoors with all exterior house lights extinguished. No decorations are allowed to be placed in the yard of an offender, and no candy is allowed to be distributed.
Convicts are ordered to only open the front door to respond to parole agents doing house checks, which will be ramped up to ensure curfew compliance. Homeless offenders are being ordered to report to “Transient Sex-offender Curfew Centers” for monitoring during the 12 hour curfew.
New this year is a parents’ guide http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/_pdf/Operation-Boo-Parents-Guide.pdf advising on safety precautions families can take to ensure an enjoyable night of sugar solicitation.