Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $344,097)
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 Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands (CNMI), Department of Public Safety, is tasked by State law to administer, implement and enforce the CNMI Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Program. The Sex Offender Registry Administrative Board (SORAB) attains full implementation of SORNA through the utilization of the Tribes and Territories Sex Offender Registration System (TTSORS). TTSORS allows the CNMI to digitize the existing Sex Offender Registry, which provides real time access to the State Sex Offender Database by CNMI law enforcement agencies and lists its registered sex offenders on the National Sex Offender Public Website. CNMI will upgrade its computer system, software, peripherals, and essential office technology equipment such as computers (servers and back-up system), printers, scanners, copiers and other office equipment. In support of the TTSORS, the CNMI will continue uploading and sharing critical sex offender information. The same registry system will capture and share the names of sex offenders in the jurisdiction and will list in the registry each sex offender's information, which will include multiple offenses, criminal attempts and conspiracies, and all other CNMI omissions. Additional information will be added to the registry which will include DNA information, fingerprints, Internet identifiers, palm prints, passport number and immigration documents, photographs, professional licensing information, and temporary lodging information.