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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • FRIDAY, May 14, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs
  • Contact: Kara McCarthy
  • (202) 307-1241

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES PROPOSED SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDELINES
FOR SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION, SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice today released for public comment proposed Supplemental Guidelines for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

"These proposed Supplemental Guidelines will assist registration jurisdictions in meeting the requirements of SORNA," said Linda M. Baldwin, Director of the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). “We must continue to move forward in implementing the provisions of the Adam Walsh Act.”

The current SORNA Guidelines establish a detailed set of comprehensive minimum standards governing sex offender registration for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, territories and certain federally recognized tribes.

The Department of Justice is proposing that the Supplemental Guidelines address public notification of juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex crimes, the posting of sex offender information, such as email addresses and other Internet identifiers, and reporting of international travel requirements. Some additional issues include: on-going review of SORNA implementation, the sharing of information across jurisdictions and the application of SORNA to new federally recognized Indian tribes.

The open period for public comment will last for 60 days after the announcement in the Federal Register. The proposed Guidelines can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/pdfs/FR_SORNA_051410.pdf. Comments may be submitted to GetSMART@usdoj.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.