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Wyoming''s Sex Offender Registration DNA Collection Project

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $74,000)

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (42 U.S.C. § 16909, et seq.; Pub. L. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2193) 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 Wyoming Office of the Attorney General plans to work in collaboration with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to distribute DNA collection kits to all DOC facilities and to collect DNA samples from sex offenders. In addition, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Laboratory will process the DNA reference samples obtained from the DOC and enter those samples into the State and national databases so that the information is current and available to all law enforcement agencies. The collected data on the number of sex offenders entered into the State and national databases will aid law enforcement agencies through database matches with the number of partnerships maintained and added to assist with the Wyoming Sex Offender Registry. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 14, 2016