Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $203,320)
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 Iowa Department of Public Safety proposes to use grant funds to accomplish the following objectives: 1) Eliminate the number of fraudulently identified registered sex offenders; 2) Reduce the number of whereabouts unknown offenders by 10% the first year; 3) Train 250 local and state partners in Iowa and SORNA requirements in one year; and 4) Conduct 3,000 (or 50% of active offenders) random compliance checks in one year. Activities will include procurement of services to enhance the biometric and facial recognition systems. ca/ncf