Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $175,000)
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 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.
Limited personnel and financial resources impact North Dakota law enforcement's ability to keep up with registered offenders in their state. Although the current system does share information with CJIS, the Sex Offender Website, and the Dru Sjodin Website, it is written in older technology that is slow, cumbersome, and difficult to maintain. In its current form, the repository cannot support the transmission of information from across the state, or the instant notifications required by SORNA and it must be rewritten in order to comply with SORNA requirements. As a part of the grant request, North Dakota is looking to build a watcher system to watch when events happen in the life of offenders such as jailed, arrested, entered treatment, stopped for traffic violation, entered the 24/7 sobriety program, or warrant issued. The watcher system would then check the offender registration system to see if the offender is required to register and if so, would notify the appropriate criminal justice personnel of the event. The state is also looking to purchase 4 more SORNA kiosks and implement training for offenders on the use of the kiosks.