At this Halloween party, there will be no tricks, no treats and no fun.
That’s because Westchester County officials once again are ordering registered and non-registered sex offenders to leave their homes and go to the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, where they will have to sit and listen to crime victims’ stories.
The county, which started this Halloween program in 2005, mailed notices to 160 sex offenders that they must be at the courthouse in White Plains from 7 to 10 p.m. Probation officers and police will visit those who fail to show.
Two speakers from the county jail’s Resolve to Stop Violence program will talk about how as children they were victims of crime and how such acts can impact the victim’s life.
The state, meanwhile, plans to keep tabs on sex offenders on parole by visiting them in their homes from 4 to 6 p.m. and reminding them that they forbidden from answering the door for trick-or-treaters, wearing a costume or even having Halloween candy.
Parole officers will visit about 1,800 sex offender statewide this year for its “Operation Halloween” program, which is in its 10th year.
Pumpkin photo from Google images