Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $178,548)
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 State of Missouri continues its work towards SORNA implementation. Identified impediments include: 1) a State archive system that only allows State personnel to access copies of all sex offender registration forms; 2) lack of resources at the county level, such as digital finger and palm prints equipment (i.e. LiveScans); and 3) lack of training on new systems to capture registration information. To address these problems, the State of Missouri will: 1) purchase and install State archive system content manager licenses for all 115 registration jurisdictions, as well as 8 correctional facilities; 2) purchase 5 Livescans to be used by Newton, Barry, Madison, Ripley, and Macon counties; and 3) provide a series of 5 regional SORNA training symposiums for registration personnel throughout Missouri.