Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $153,998)
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 goal of this grant is to successfully develop and implement a sex offender registration and notification program that is fully compliant with the requirements of SORNA. This grant will support the following objectives: 1) development of policies that define how each component of the registry process will be required to operate; 2) creation of 'step by step' procedures to execute the stated policies that are adopted both internally for the registration staff and externally for registered sex offenders; 3) development of training materials and provision of training sessions for registry staff and information technology staff. Training will include an overview of SORNA, Tribal Code; policies and procedures; reporting; notifications; address verification; 'hotline' questions and answers; interaction with other jurisdictions; and other topics necessary for successful operation of the sex offender registry; and 4) production of a sex offender registry operations manual.