A total of 900 parolees throughout the state received surprise visits Halloween night, and a total of 92 arrests were made for a variety of parole violations during the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) 18th annual Operation Boo.
Agents from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations were out in force to make sure parolee sex offenders were in compliance with the conditions of their parole. For Halloween all parolee sex offenders must adhere to additional restrictions, including:
• A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which they must remain indoors;
• All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home;
• No offering of Halloween candy and no decorations allowed;
• During the curfew they may open their doors only to law enforcement.
Although many arrests were made for violations of these Halloween restrictions, parole agents also found other violations including drug possession, weapons, and Internet activity. Those arrested on parole violations will be returned to prison.
A few counties had special programs for transient/homeless parolee sex offenders. Alameda County had 46 transient or homeless parolees participate in a structured program at the Oakland Parole Complex, keeping them there all night. Solano and Contra Costa counties had a similar event, “Commitment to Change,” where another 41 parolees were at the Vallejo Parole Office.
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