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Attorney General: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Trick-or-Treat

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking that parents ensure their children have a safe Halloween by checking the sex offender registry to plan out where children will trick-or-treat.

The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is a tool parents should use as they plan out where their children will trick-or-treat this Halloween, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. 

Illinois law prohibits sex offenders who are on parole or mandatory supervised release or probation from giving out candy to children for the holiday.

“We conduct compliance checks to verify that offenders actually live where they claim to so we can ensure the registry continues to serve as a useful tool for parents,” Madigan said. “I encourage families to check the registry before they head out on Halloween to help them plan safe trick-or-treating routes for their kids.”

If you would like to view the state’s sex offender registry, visit www.isp.state.il.us

There also is a toll-free hotline parents can call, 1-888-41-ISORT, where questions can be answered and tips provided to authorities about non-compliant of sex offenders. As of October 26, the Illinois compliance rate has jumped to 93.4-percent, according to Madigan.

Madigan’s office reports there are more than 26,000 registered sex offenders currently living in Illinois.  

Information provided by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. 



Shana Rowan October 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on??

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