Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) 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.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety will utilize grant funds to address outstanding provisions that are needed to achieve substantial compliance with SORNA. These provisions include developing the capability to digitize all sex offender registration and re-registration records; developing an interface to implement the DOJ-provided community notification software; conducting training workshops for the stakeholder agencies involved in sex offender management, and meeting with the Mississippi Sex Offender Management Task Force on a regular scheduled basis.