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Indiana Department of Correction to Conduct Operation “Safe Halloween”

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Indianapolis, Indiana (October 26, 2009)— Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) Commissioner Edwin G. Buss announced that Halloween this year will be safer for Hoosier children as the Agency again organizes Operation “Safe Halloween” in Parole Districts statewide.

This public safety program brings together convicted sex offenders to one location during “Trick or Treat” hours in an effort to directly monitor them and remove sex offenders from community streets during this traditional children’s activity. The Indianapolis Parole District has collaborated with Marion County Probation to enhance the effectiveness of such meetings.

On Saturday, October 31, 2009 beginning at 6:00 p.m., paroled sex offenders in Marion County will be required to report to a meeting where information regarding the sex offender registry, treatment options, and parole/probation obligations will be discussed.

Commissioner Buss commented that “by gathering convicted sex offenders together on Halloween night, they can be more effectively monitored by the Department’s Parole Division, with the goal of providing more peace of mind to parents that send their kids out to Trick-or Treat, or to other Halloween activities.”

Commissioner Buss also pointed out that the Department operates and works with Sheriffs’ Departments across Indiana to update and refine the Indiana Sheriffs’ Sex and Violent Offender Registry, which is available online to all Hoosiers wishing to review neighborhoods before sending their children out. The registry can be found at: www.insor.org.

WHAT: Operation “Safe Halloween”

WHERE: The meeting is closed to the general public. Media outlets interested in learning more about the event should contact one of the IDOC representatives listed below.

WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2009 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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