Sex offenders on Halloween are like zebras at church

edited 11/12 By Sandy . . . In 1996 the North Carolina General Assembly created the public sex offender registry and established the crimes, the requirements, and the consequences pursuant to it. 2005 is the first year that I am able to verify law enforcement action involving special requirements for those on the registry at Halloween. A piece from Gaston…

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NARSOL ED speaks out about Halloween restrictions for RSOs

Reprinted with permission by ky3.com By Lexi Spivak . . . Before trick-or-treaters hit the streets, Springfield Police Officers will check the homes of registered sex offenders to make sure they’re compliant with the state Halloween Sex Offender Statute. That statute states any person registered as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 must adhere to the following conditions on…

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NARSOL to monitor Halloween hysteria

There are some indications that the facts about Halloween and registered sex offenders are being heard by some. The amount of fear-mongering, Halloween-hysteria media pieces is marginally less, but far too much still exists. Some of the situations are egregious, with registrants in one area being required to take off work if need be in order to be locked up…

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Sex offender Halloween lock up? Ridiculous, wasted effort says NARSOL

By Antonia Noori Farzan . . . Contrary to the widespread urban myth, there’s no evidence that children are more likely to be targeted by sexual predators on Halloween than any on other night of the year. But that hasn’t stopped one Georgia mayor from announcing plans to round up all paroled sex offenders in town and hold them at city…

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No increase in sex crimes on Halloween says NARSOL board member

By Lenore Skenazy . . . A Boston Herald article is calling for a new Massachusetts law to stop registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween. Such a law would violate the rights of sex offenders, for no public benefit whatsoever. The piece—as random as a piece can be, in that it is not tied to any actual news, crime, or person of…

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The official Halloween blog

Originally printed 10/10/2013 By Sandy . . . Why advocate for not monitoring registered offenders on Halloween? What’s the harm? I’m so glad you asked. Most Halloween restrictions apply to everyone on the registry or everyone under supervision, whether or not their offenses had anything to do with a child. This broad-brush application is bumping up against constitutional protections. Many…

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Vehicles, not “predators,” pose greatest threat to little monsters at Halloween

This year, NARSOL has gone to greater lengths than ever before to re-focus the Halloween issue from the myth-based one regarding sex offenders to a fact and reality based one regarding the need for improved traffic monitoring during peak trick-or-treat hours. We are encouraged by the number of requests we have had from mainstream media and other sources asking for…

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