Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $95,700)
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.
To further develop their jurisdiction-wide SORNA implementation, the Louisiana Department of Justice requires grant funding to acquire a SORNA Kiosk system capable of capturing sex offender images and biometric data in a digital format. The department will implement a highly automated self-registration system that will produce records compatible with State and National systems. Their approach will be to use established technology from a reputable vendor as well as interface the SORNA Kiosk with the existing sex offender database, train appropriate personnel in the use of the SORNA Kiosk, and demonstrate complete functionality of the SORNA Kiosk. Implementation of this system will contribute toward achievement of several Federal requirements for SORNA and the achievement of goals specifically set forth for the 2010 Adam Walsh Implementation Grant.