“Operation Blackout” will restrict convicted sex offenders on Halloween

Tennessee’s registered sex offenders must abide by some strict rules in order to keep kids safe on Halloween.

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is working with local agencies to enforce “Operation Blackout” on October 31, which will include random visits to the homes of sex offenders.

Offenders must follow these rules:

• Remain inside their homes between the hours of 6:00pm -6:00am.

• Leave porch lights off on Halloween night.

• Are not permitted to open their doors for trick-or-treaters.

• Only open their doors for law enforcement officers.

• Are not permitted to display fall decorations, wear costumes or dress in disguise.

If they are found to be in non-compliance with these restrictions, they could face additional charges for probation or parole violations that may result in jail or prison time.

“Our agency is committed to enhancing public safety,” Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield reiterated. “This Halloween we’re asking citizens to partner with our 6,800 employees by remaining vigilant and reinforcing general safety practices to help keep trick-or-treaters safe.”

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