Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $200,451)
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 Tennessee is working toward the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's goal to enhance systems and infrastructure to improve the accuracy of sex offender registration information. This will be achieved through a series of software upgrades that will enhance the state's ability to collect, store, retrieve and share detailed demographic and biometric information on sex offenders. In addition, the FY 13 AWA funding will be used to enhance information sharing among state and local law enforcement agencies as well as other criminal justice agencies. ca/ncf