Software Tools Needs Assessment

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires that jurisdictions develop and maintain a public sex offender registry website as well as share sex offender registration information with other SORNA registration jurisdictions. SORNA also directs the Attorney General to "develop and support software to enable jurisdictions to establish and operate uniform sex offender registries and Internet sites," and requires that jurisdictions participate in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.

To help jurisdictions substantially implement SORNA's information sharing and data collection requirements, the SMART Office developed the following software tools, which are available at no cost:

  • SORNA Exchange Portal. Helps jurisdictions share information in their sex offender registries, including information about offenders who are relocating.
  • Mapping and Geo-Coding. Allows jurisdictions to conduct SORNA-required geographic radius searches for sex offenders.
  • Community Email Notification System. Enables users to register an email address and choose to be notified when a sex offender moves within a certain geographic radius or ZIP Code of the physical address provided.
  • Sex Offender Registry Tool. Assists states in implementing the SORNA registry system requirements of the Adam Walsh Act by providing local registration agencies with their own specialized public sex offender registry websites and functioning as the state-level administrative registry system.
  • Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System. Is specifically tailored for Indian tribes and U.S. territories that have elected to implement SORNA. With a customizable public website and a private administrative website for managing sex offender information, this tool effectively removes the technical difficulties of implementing SORNA's requirements.

In the coming weeks, the SMART Office will reach out to registry contacts to assess jurisdictions' software and technology needs as the 2011 SORNA implementation deadline approaches. The assessment will address the variety of tools that have been developed for jurisdictions and the technical assistance needs that correspond to each.

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