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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Officials in Parker County have planned to lock up sex offender parolees for several hours Monday night in an attempt to ensure the safety of children in the area.<br><br>
While there have already been strict guidelines for all sex offenders in Texas on Halloween, in Parker County and several other counties in the state officials have taken it a step further.<br><br>
In addition to locking up the parolees, police have set rules that include a ban on Halloween decor at offender's homes or any other actions that might lure children.<br><br>
And then there is the new rule that prohibits sex offender parolees to even be home during trick or treating hours. Between 6:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. the parolees are ordered to be under supervision at the Parker County probation office.<br><br>
"If that is what they want, I am not crazy about it, but I'll do it," said one female sex offender who declined to be named. "I'm sure that other people out there will feel safer, but I don't like it."<br><br>
Parents have expressed gratitude and relief for the new program.<br><br>
"It will keep them off the streets and from attacking again," said parent Terry Pool. "Anything they can do to keep them out of the way from the kids will be a great help."<br><br>
Officials expect about fifty probationers to show up and those who don't will be brought in by a deputy and probation officer.</td>
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I don't know. I kind of like that idea. Just think of the pervert who gets to have kids over for candy all evening and the kind of ill intentions he/she might have.
 

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I wonder if they're only locking up "child sex offenders" or all "sex offenders."<br><br>
I'm not crazy about the whole idea of the "sex offender registry" and I won't be until there's a legal distinction between pedophelia and statutory rape.
 

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It sounds kind of weird to me... On one hand, I like the idea that they're off the streets if they have any tendencies towards harming children. However, it does seem odd that even after you've been released from jail, some cop can come to your house and lock you up for a few hours because of something you did in the past (not all sex offenders are offenders against children). Is it even legal to do that? I would hope that they all don't get tossed in jail to sit for a few hours--maybe have them all come in for Monday Night Football or something, but it just sort of weirds me out to think that people can be taken to jail to sit for a few hours after serving their time.<br><br>
Don't get me wrong...I think that sex offenders against children should definately not be on the street... I guess it's sort of a mix between "get them out of my kid's path" and "how is that legal?"
 

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I do not agree with this at all. I think that not allowing offenders to decorate is good. but locking them up is not right. Parents need to accompany their children and talk about any houses they do not want them to go to if they won't accompany them.
 

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I hate this. And no, it's not just child sex offenders. It's all of them. Imagine, for the rest of their lives they get locked up several days/nights a year (they do it on other holidays too...) What about the guy who had sex with his 16 yr old girlfriend? What if they have kids now? Those kids get to see daddy locked up on every major holiday. Real cool.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I've been hearing about measures like this all over the country all week. It simply doesn't seem sane. This is all about fear and has very little to do with sense. I would love to see something like this framed as an opportunity for paroled offenders to voluntarily put themselves out of circulation during a time that is likely to be challenging for them, but a measure like this I worry does more harm than good.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>alegna</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">they get locked up several days/nights a year (they do it on other holidays too...)</div>
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Do you know where I can find more about that?
 

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false-safty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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As if they only attack on Halloween. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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I don't like it, for the reasons already mentioned. I don't think it really protects anyone and I don't like the idea that all kinds of sex offenders are lumped together. I'm also not keen on perpetual punishment. Etc, etc, etc.
 

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that is my county....<br><br>
nevermind reread for the link<br><br>
I can't say what I think on MDC. Not because I have a problem with them taking in the sex offenders ( although there are some that are on there that shouldn't like the teens having consensual relations with their gfs and vice versa but that is a different kettle of fish)<br><br>
but Parker County current regime trying to pretend to be doing anything for a change...
 

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Well, I don't like it, but with Alito on the SC I'll probably have to stay indoors with my children after dark anyway, unless I'm accompanied by my husband.
 

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I’d be more worried about the ones who haven’t been caught yet. They're more of a threat IMO. You never really know whose door you’re knocking on.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>chicagomom</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I don't like it, but with Alito on the SC I'll probably have to stay indoors with my children after dark anyway, unless I'm accompanied by my husband.</div>
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It's funny b/c it's true and I have to keep from being sad.<br><br>
I don't see how this does any good. Unless you can show me a distinct correlation between Halloween and incidences sex abuse against children. In fact since children tend to travel in packs on Halloween it's probably less likely. Also since most abuse victims actually know their abusers, ugh. All I can conclude is that this is an abuse of civil rights. Start making prison terms suit the crime. If a sex offender cannot be rehabilitated, don't let them out. Stop letting them out and treating them like they're still in prison, sort of, thus making it difficult for them to get on with their lives and easier for them to get desperate enough to abuse again.
 

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Ummmm, I wonder how common it really is for a sex offender to actually abuse children on Halloween? Aren't most kids in large groups and/or with grown ups? It seems like Halloween would be the least likely of days for a pedophile to go after kids. This is such a useless and unconsitutional exhibit of false security ever. Its like the woman on my street who puts up "Watch Children" signs when her kids ride their bikes instead of staying outside with them.<br><br>
I grew up with a pedophile living three doors down. He still lives there today. We trick or treated at his house. He gave us candy, but because we were with adults there was no danger of him attacking us. When we got older, we had safety in numbers. But I seriously doubt he would have tried anything on Halloween anyway...
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Vermillion</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I’d be more worried about the ones who haven’t been caught yet. They're more of a threat IMO. You never really know whose door you’re knocking on.</div>
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Are you talking about Bush's Supreme Court nominees or sex offenders here?
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I don't see how this does any good. Unless you can show me a distinct correlation between Halloween and incidences sex abuse against children. In fact since children tend to travel in packs on Halloween it's probably less likely. Also since most abuse victims actually know their abusers, ugh. All I can conclude is that this is an abuse of civil rights. Start making prison terms suit the crime. If a sex offender cannot be rehabilitated, don't let them out. Stop letting them out and treating them like they're still in prison, sort of, thus making it difficult for them to get on with their lives and easier for them to get desperate enough to abuse again.</td>
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Thanks for writting what I didn't have the time to write. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I was social worker with sex offender and I am confident that this is not a solution, I second lisalou.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just think of the pervert who gets to have kids over for candy all evening and the kind of ill intentions he/she might have.</div>
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What about the ones who haven't been caught??!!?? This action may give parents and kids a false sense of security, and kids could get nabbed by unknowns.<br><br>
In any case, I believe it is a violation of individuals' civil rights.
 

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Don't like it for all the reasons mention.<br><br>
Plus not all sex offenders are equal. We have a friend that is one because at 18 he mooned his ex-girlfriends dad who happen to have a 15 year old in the car. Stupid yes!! life long treatment like that NO!
 
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