Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $297,733)
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 developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of 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 Maine State Bureau of Identification (SBI) provides criminal history to not just criminal justice agencies, but also the public. SBI lacks the financial resources needed to meet the requirements of the Adam Walsh Act (AWA). In order to more effectively meet the requirements, the Maine SBI needs to consolidate old, un-built source documents into an existing record or new record within the criminal history repository. In order to comply with the requirements of the AWA, Maine SBI plans to utilize current staff and use grant funding to support the use of staff overtime. During this overtime, staff will review all un-built source documents and consolidate them into an existing record, or build the record. This proposal would allow Maine SBI to use current, existing staff to work 10 hours per week, in overtime to identify paper records and build them into electronic records as well as provide for an up to date and accurate sex offender registry.