Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $200,000)
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 State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is the central repository for all predatory offender records in the state of Minnesota. The proposed projects move the State closer to SORNA substantial implementation by addressing four initiatives that will enhance the capabilities of exchanging offender information between criminal justice agencies in Minnesota, other state sex offender registries, NCIC, and National Sex Offender Registry. The State will pass-through funds to develop and implement an interface for the SORNA Exchange Portal; continue the rebuild of the National Sex Offender Registry submission process; continue the development of an automated validation process; and, continue the build on the interface for managing unsolicited messages from the National Sex Offender Registry.