Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $144,411)
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 Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has implemented a Sex Offender Internet Application (SOIA) database that was developed to allow electronic receipt of sex offender registration information from local law enforcement. With the current grant, the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General plans to pay for two part-time investigators and travel expenses for an additional 2 years to implement the aggressive pursuit of noncompliant offenders and those individuals who have failed to supply the state with DNA.