JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SIXTH JURISDICTION TO IMPLEMENT
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND NOTIFICATION ACT
The Department of Justice today announced that South Dakota has substantially implemented the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. South Dakota joins the States of Ohio, Delaware and Florida and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation as jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA.
"We are pleased to announce that the State of South Dakota has substantially implemented this important legislation," said Linda Baldwin, Director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). "We are committed to working with the remaining states, tribes and territories with their implementation efforts."
South Dakota has been actively working with the Office of Justice Programs' SMART Office to meet the requirements of SORNA. The SMART Office has added staff, increased outreach efforts, developed resources and issued documents to provide further definition, guidance, and direction to SORNA jurisdictions.
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 components: 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 can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.