Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $215,541)
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.
Although identified as the entity of the Tribe that is responsible for the development and implementation of a sex offender registry program, Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT) Law Enforcement currently lacks the financial resources and manpower to effectively carry out this project. Presently there is no system in place on the reservation to register or tack sexual offenders charged with sexual misdemeanors in tribal court on the reservation or even network with other jurisdictions that provide this information. Funds will be used to hire an Offender Registration Specialist, purchase necessary computer systems and software, obtain training on requirements of SORNA, intake offender information, develop a more up to date website, purchase DNA sampling and finger print equipment, facilitate information sharing with the state of North Dakota and the Attorney Generals Office, provide law enforcement throughout the state with timely detailed information regarding offenders moving into and out of their jurisdictions, and provide the public with timely and efficient notification of offenders living, working or attending school in the area.