MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly’s majority leader hopes the courts will throw out a lawsuit in California that seeks to let sex offenders take part in Halloween.
A reform group filed the lawsuit. It claims that local ordinances in the Golden State deprive sex offenders of free speech rights, as well as their right to celebrate the holiday.
In Wisconsin, the Corrections’ Department prohibits sex convicts from taking part in all Halloween activities. That includes trick or treating, handing out candy, putting up decorations, and wearing costumes.
Assembly Republican Scott Suder of Abbotsford says any effort to change that policy will be, “dead on arrival.”
Some people argue that criminals who’ve served their sentences have paid their debts to society – but Suder says it’s more important that kids be protected. He tells the Wisconsin Radio Network, “We should have zero tolerance for sex offenders when it comes to them going out and trick or treating, or people go their house … The fact is, it’s too dangerous.”
The law also affects violators’ families – and Suder said that maybe the offenders should apologize to their families.
In the past, the state approved bills from Suder that requires minimum sentences of 25 years to life for first-time child sex offenders – and GPS monitoring of sex convicts. Suder also says he’ll keep working on laws that make Wisconsin a, “absolute nightmare” for sex criminals.