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Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole - Comprehensive SORNA Training and Equipment Support

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $113,796)

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 Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) intends to collaborate with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Tennessee Department of Correction Division of Organizational Development and Research (TDOC - DoDR) to address various components of continued SORNA compliance. The first step is to identify training gaps and potential risks for Programmed Supervision Unit (PSU) officers associated with the statewide expansion of livescan operations for additional BOPP Field Offices. Collaborative work can then develop training modules to include, at a minimum: SORNA compliance standards; livescan operations; and NCIC validation and entry, to be made available online for use by the appropriate agency staff. The purchase and installation of desktop computers, operating software, and printers will support the statewide expansion of Livescan operations. Lastly, BOPP hopes to monitor SORNA compliance outcomes in order to identify implementation gaps.


Date Created: August 29, 2012