Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $252,400)
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 Nebraska is continuing to work towards substantial implementation of SORNA. To this effect, the State has two objectives: (1) improve public sex offender registry systems to support SORNA compliance; and (2) enhance jurisdiction efforts to address victim and public safety. The State of Nebraska also plans to increase public safety by creating efficiencies in the collection, submission, and publication of sex offender registry information by enhancing law enforcement practices and utilizing available and emergent technologies.