Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $200,000)
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 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. principal territories 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 Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) aims to continue managing the statewide Sex Offender Registry and further their compliance with SORNA requirements. With SMART FY 14 AWA grant funds, the HCJDC will be able to complete research on sex offenders' convictions, current addresses, and registration processes, which will increase safety and security measures for the community. Additionally, the grant funds will enable the HCJDC to create numerous enforcement positions to focus on sex offender registry. ca/ncf