Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $258,727)
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 Hawaii is working towards compliance with the frequency of registration guideline of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The Criminal Justice Data Center plans to fund two Office Assistant positions, two Deputy Attorney General positions, and four investigator positions assigned to the Sex Offender Registration (SOR) program that will enable Hawaii to effectively track verification compliance and implement a rigorous follow-up procedure for absconders and non-compliant sex offenders.