The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service (SCDPPPS) will have a Halloween curfew for sexual offenders under its supervision.
The agency requires those currently serving parole or probation to be at home between 5:30-9 pm on Wednesday night. The rules only apply to those offenders still under SCDPPPS supervision.
Wednesday’s curfew will be enforced through agent surveillance techniques in all counties in the state. Some counties will require offenders to go to a central location.
Those offenders who are no longer under probation status are not covered by the annual curfew. However, they cannot have lights on outside their homes, cannot give out candy and cannot participate in Halloween parties.
Offender curfews are frequently criticized by civil rights groups such as the ACLU, who argue there is no research to suggest sex offenders present a threat to children on Halloween.
Last year, 180 PPP Agents and staff performed a total of 514 sex offender residence checks and another 304 landline phone checks statewide. A total of 180 offenders were required to go to a central place for the curfew in some counties. One person was arrested and five others were cited for violations.