Many people look forward to Halloween as a time to carve pumpkins, dress up in a costume or hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. But for people who have been convicted of a sex offense, Halloween can be just another reminder that they made a mistake and are still paying the price for it.
Numerous states in the U.S., including Florida, have laws that limit the activities of sex offenders on Halloween. Some states require people who are registered as sex offenders to put out a sign saying "No candy;" other states permit police to randomly check on registered sex offenders to make sure they are home and don't have their lights on; in Florida, paroled sex offenders are prohibited from wearing a costume on Halloween or passing out candy. All these measures are aimed at protecting people and preventing recidivism, but are they even effective?