ATLANTA -- A total of 173 sex offenders on parole in metro Atlanta will face curfews and restrictions on Halloween to keep children from trick-or-treating at their homes.
"They're not allowed to answer the door or have any outside lights on," said Steve Hayes, Director of Public Affairs for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "They can't decorate for Halloween or hand out treats or candy or anything like that. No participation whatsoever.
State parole officials will also impose curfews and send out officers to make the rounds of residences to make sure sex offenders are complying with the restrictions.
In Hall and Butts Counties, parolees will be required to report to a central location during trick-or-treating hours.
"We know and believe at this time of year that children may be targeted," Hayes added. "This is the right thing to do and what the public expects of us."
Atlanta police officers will partner with Fulton County Sheriff's deputies starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday to make sure sex offenders are where they're supposed to be by verifying their addresses.
DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies are planning the same kind of sweep.