Calif. sex offender parolees face Halloween curfew

By DON THOMPSON | October 28, 2011 | 5:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 2,000 paroled California sex offenders have no permanent home. This Halloween, however, many will spend the night together under supervision from authorities who want to make sure they have no contact with children out trick-or-treating.

It's the first time California parole agents are targeting offenders who live on the streets or in nomadic campsites.

Their ranks have spiked since voters approved Jessica's Law, which bans offenders from living near schools and parks. The number of transient paroled sex offenders has since grown from 88 in August 2007 to about 2,000 now that the law has been fully implemented.

Parole agents who cover Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are setting up the "transient sex-offender roundup centers," mostly at parole offices and community centers.

Offenders have been ordered to stay there from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.