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Manufacturing Fear: Halloween Laws for Sex Offenders

In North Carolina, a sheriff tells parents to check the online sex offender registry before allowing children to trick-or-treat. In Montana, a town offers a “trunk-or-treat” event where kids can get Halloween candy from trunks of cars in a parking lot to avoid potential danger. In New York, “Operation Halloween: Zero Tolerance” prohibits sex offenders from wearing masks or costumes or answering their doors on Halloween, and, as a parole source says, “There is certainly nothing more frightening than the thought of one of these men opening their door to innocent children.” In Oklahoma, a city council is considering an ordinance forbidding sex offenders from decorating their homes or passing out candy on Halloween. In Orange, California, sex offenders can’t answer their door or have outside lighting on Halloween, but an additional ordinance requiring window signs saying, “No candy or treats at this residence” was recently revoked after attorneys argued it was a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Full Article

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  1. Tim

    Wow, a commentary from the popular press that exposes the modern day witch hunt. Suggestion: drop the sex offender terminology. It is suggestive, does nothing but cloud the truth, is used to create suspicion and fear in the masses.

  2. USA

    I’m beginning to scratch my head? 1.3 percent recedivism rate? What if a gang member answered the door? Murderer? Pedophile? Rapist? Serial killer? Pervert? Drunk? What if? I’m beginning to wonder about police departments? What if your child went up to a crack house? I truly find these ordinances disturbing! I feel that in the long run, banning someone from participating in any holiday will be over turned and its surreal to think any city official creating these ordinances has any intellectual capital! It’s only going to take 1 lawsuit to overturn this (a lawsuit going all the way). As a reminder, the race isn’t always won by the swiftest or fastest, but by those who keep running!

  3. mch

    Interesting, but it’s something we already know…RSO’s present little to no danger to society. Fact is, your teenage daughter has a greater chance of being molested by a cop during a traffic stop than by some “trench coat wearing, lurking in the shadows” RSO. We just want to live quiet, productive lives, but the debt is never paid, our beloved gov’t keeps upping the ante…

  4. Eric Knight

    “Bubba the Love Sponge” places PREDATOR signs in yards of RSO’s.

    http://www.wfla.com/story/23769426/radio-personality-warns-communities-about-sexual-offenders

    This is actionable, and RSO’s should look into arresting Sponge (?) for trespassing, as well considering a lawsuit not just against Sponge but against the radio station, including an FCC complaint. This is a criminal violation, and had this been done to anyone for ANY reason other than for RSO identification, he would be in jail and broke by the end of the year from criminal and civil judgments.

    If Bubba did this in California I’m sure CA RSOL would be all over this.

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