TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 31, 2012

State probation and parole officers will be making random visits to the homes of registered sex offenders as part of the Department of Correction’s “Operation Blackout” to ensure they are not participating in Halloween trick-or-treating, the Tennessean reports. Offenders are required to remain in their homes between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., and they can’t open their doors to trick-or-treaters, display decorations, or dress in costumes. A federal judge upheld similar provisions in California, but struck down a ruling requiring offenders to display “No candy or treats at this residence” signs on their front doors, citing a violation of the First Amendment.