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Law enforcement keeps close eye on offenders

October 31, 2006

Albany-- As families went trick-or-treating Tuesday night, law enforcement officials made sure they were protected from sex offenders.

The Pardons and Paroles Department currently has three registered sex offenders in Dougherty County under supervision. They gave those offenders strict orders not to participate in any Halloween activities.

Those orders include not giving out any candy to children that may come knocking on the door.  They were also ordered not to turn on their porch lights. Parole officers spent the night doing random checks of the offenders homes to make sure they adhered to the rules.

Chief Parole Officer Leslie Lamb says the precautions are necessary.  

"Because of the obvious reasons.  The children are out. These are predators, the individuals we're talking about are predators and we do not want to open a door for them to walk through," said Lamb.

Lamb says the precautions are taken every year and so far offenders on parole have cooperated. They're also given regular polygraph tests to make sure they follow the rules year-round. Some also have to wear tracking devices.

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