On Halloween night, children dress up in costumes and knock on doors to collect candy from neighbors. This innocent tradition is accompanied by a not-so-innocent one. Law enforcement knocks on the doors of sex offenders on parole during the statewide Operation Boo lockdown order.
In 2018, more than 100 parolees were arrested on October 31. Let’s look at how you can avoid this fate come Halloween next year.
What is Operation Boo?
Operation Boo is a joint effort between local law enforcement and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that has been in effect since 1994. The goal is to ensure that offender parolees do not have access to children because they may pose a threat to child safety.
As part of Operation Boo, registered sex offenders who are on parole must follow these special conditions:
- 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew where parolees must remain indoors
- All exterior lights of the home must be off to give the appearance that no one is home, discouraging children from approaching
- No offering Halloween candy and no displaying Halloween decorations
- During curfew, parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement; and
- Homeless registrant parolees must report to curfew centers within the community
In order to enforce these restrictions, law enforcement officials visit the home of registered sex offenders on parole on Halloween night. If you violate any of these conditions, you are at risk of being arrested for a parole violation.
Operation Boo Leads to 100 Arrests in 2018
On Oct. 31, 2018, more than 100 registered sex offender parolees were arrested as part of Operation Boo, according to reports. California corrections officials say 110 parolees were arrested on Halloween night. Of those arrested, eight are facing new charges. The remainder were arrested due to violating conditions of their parole. Those parole violations include:
- 30 who possessed pornography (with two of those possessing child pornography)
- 31 who were in possession of narcotics or drug paraphernalia, and
- 13 who possessed weapons
The 110 arrests is 9 percent of the 1,252 parolees that law enforcement contacted across the state during Operation Boo.
What to Do if You were Arrested for a Parole Violation
If you were arrested on Halloween as a part of Operation Boo, you should contact our skilled and knowledgeable sex crimes defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. Our law firm has been successfully defending clients facing parole and PC 290 violations for more than 35 years, and we can help you now.
Our law firm may also be able to plan to end your requirement to register as a sex offender, depending on when you are eligible for post-conviction relief. Contact our attorneys now so we can determine your eligibility.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich sex crimes attorney available near you no matter where you are located.
Call our office today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.