Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $51,667)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support compliance with Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.
This grant will allow the State of Wisconsin to increase capabilities relative to sex offender management. The State of Wisconsin will enhance and improve local absconder apprehension efforts; strategies to enforce SORNA requirements for non-compliant sex offenders; and law enforcement information sharing as it relates to sex offender registration and notification compliance and accountability. This grant will assist the State of Wisconsin in acquiring software that will further automate sex offender management and tracking activities. It will allow for the ability to locate offenders who are not compliant with registration requirements and to effectively manage the offender population within the State's jurisdiction. This web-based solution will assist not only the state but also local jurisdictions in increasing sex offender management oversight and sex offender registration compliance. The use of this tool will increase the accuracy and timeliness of information provided to the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Registry and ensure that the most current address information on offenders is known to law enforcement.