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Deputies monitor sex offenders this Halloween

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - For the third straight year the Georgia Department of Corrections is making sure sex offenders are not a threat to children this Halloween.

It's all part of Operation Safe Halloween. This weekend, deputies across the state kept tabs on roughly 19,000 Georgia sex offenders.

The most serious offenders must report to their probation offices. Other's must abide by a strict curfew. It's something that parents and kids out here agree with.

Tameka Bunn brought her daughter to Sherwood's Candy Fest where she felt more safe than on her neighborhood street. She's glad to know deputies are monitoring sex offenders.

"For them to even think about it opened my eyes and let me know my community is thinking about what's going on around them," said Bunn.

Captain Craig Dodd with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Department says sex offenders must be inside and cannot give out candy to children all weekend. The Georgia Department of Corrections says offenders on parole or probation must be in their homes by 6:00 p.m. and cannot come out until 5:00 a.m. the next day.

Probation officers may also visit offenders on an random basis to ensure they're obeying the law.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, 266 sex offenders live in Dougherty County. 43 live in Lee, 60 in Worth, 145 in Mitchell, and 83 in Calhoun County.  For a complete list of the number of offenders in each Georgia county click here.

Out of the 18,900 sex offenders in Georgia, the State Department of Corrections supervises roughly 6,000. The other roughly 13,000 in Georgia have served their time and are free to go out in public. That's why it's important for parents to look out for their kids at all times when they go door to door for candy.

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