While many are getting their families ready to go for Halloween, Effingham County authorities are taking steps to make sure the community is safe.
For more than 10 years, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) has required some registered sex offenders to turn themselves in on the holiday.
According to Offender Watch, there are more than 30,000 registered sex offenders in Georgia, and 125 of them are in Effingham County.
On Halloween night, ECSO says bringing in some of those individuals will not only help protect the community — but the offenders themselves.
“We have the offenders come here for a couple of reasons, one is so that they’re not tempted,” explained Gena Sullivan, ECSO Public Information Officer. She added that while offenders might not put themselves around children, kids would likely come trick-or-treating.
“So we bring them here so that nobody is accusing them of doing wrong and they’re also not tempted,” she said. “And then that also keeps our little ones safe.”
About 60 of the registered sex offenders on parole or probation are expected to turn themselves in on Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.