CDCR Withdraws Halloween Sign Requirement Statewide – more details to follow.
First Media Reports:
Decision made over requirement that paroled sex offenders post signs on Halloween (10News)
Sex Offenders on Parole Will Not Have to Post Signs on Door: Dept. of Corrections NBC
Sex offenders not required to post signs on Halloween CBS
No door signs required for parolees on Halloween Union Tribune
For Release October 26 -The Southern District of California will conduct a hearing today regarding whether to grant a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that would halt a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) requirement that sex offender parolees post a sign on the front door of their homes on Halloween. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5D before Judge Jeffrey T. Miller.
“CDCR’s sign requirement is a solution without a problem,” stated attorney Janice Bellucci. “There are no reported cases of a child being sexually assaulted by a sex offender on Halloween while trick or treating.”
The Halloween sign requirement is part of CDCR’s annual Operation Boo which also prohibits sex offender parolees from opening their front door to trick-or-treaters and decorating their homes for the holiday. In addition, Operation Boo requires parolee sex offenders to have no outside lights at their home and to remain in their homes from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. These requirements are not challenged.
“Several million public taxpayer dollars are being wasted by CDCR in its efforts to enforce Operation Boo,” stated Bellucci. “In addition, CDCR’s requirement to post a sign places in significant danger all sex offender parolees and members of their families.”
The lawsuit was filed on October 14, 2015, on behalf of plaintiff John Doe who lives in San Diego County and is required to register as a sex offender because he was convicted of a sex offense more than 30 years ago. Doe has not committed a subsequent sex offense, is not listed on the California Megan’s Law website and is currently on parole due to conviction for a drug offense.
The lawsuit was amended on October 19, 2015, on behalf of plaintiff James Roe who lives in Los Angeles County and is required to register as a sex offender due to his conviction of a sex offense in 2000. He has not committed a subsequent sex offense and is not listed on the California Megan’s Law website. He is currently on parole due to the requirements of an interstate compact under which he transferred from the state of his conviction to California in order to live near family members.
The TRO application was filed on October 22, 2015, and requests that CDCR’s sign requirement be halted statewide.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2015
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