Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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During the annual Halloween celebration, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision imposes special conditions on sex offenders under its supervision. These special conditions are a proactive measure designed to protect New York's children and the community during trick-or-treating.

Halloween conditions require that sex offenders remain indoors at home on Halloween, not wear Halloween costumes, not open their doors to trick-or-treaters, and not have Halloween candy in their possession.

On Halloween hundreds of Parole Officers across the state will have zero tolerance while conducting face-to-face home visits with sex offenders to ensure that they are complying with special rules put in place for them that day.

Operation Halloween was implemented in 2006. The program has been very successful and has generated significant positive response from communities across the state.