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SMART Watch is SMART’s newsletter, highlighting ongoing activities, resources, funding opportunities, and upcoming events.

  • SMART Watch Dispatch, April 2015
    Learn more about SMART's recently appointed Director, Luis C.deBaca.

  • SMART Watch Dispatch, March 2015
    Read SMART's Case Digest on State v. Shale. Learn more about the policy implications of the Washington State Supreme Court decision as it relates to tribal and state jurisdiction over sex offenders and prosecuting failure to register cases.

  • SMART Watch Dispatch, December 2014
    Read SMART's Case Digest on United States v. Michael Bryant, Jr. The Ninth Circuit Court decision raised concerns regarding the future use of tribal court convictions in federal proceedings. Learn more about the SORNA implications and policy considerations.

  • SMART Watch, Summer 2014
    Read about SMART Office highlights, SORNA implementation, the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group, new staff members and fellowship positions, new and updated tools, recent grant programs, and substantial implementation efforts in Indian Country.

  • SMART Watch, Spring 2013
    Read about SORNA implementation, the reallocation of penalized Byrne JAG funds, International Tracking of Sex Offenders, and provides updates on funding availability, technology, and information for Indian Country.

  • SMART Watch, Spring 2012
    Read about SORNA implementation, the reallocation of penalized Byrne JAG funds, International Tracking of Sex Offenders, funding news, new SMART Office staff, the office’s Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative, as well as technology updates and new information for Indian Country.

  • SMART Watch, Spring 2011
    Read about new supplemental guidelines and a revised implementation checklist, measuring implementation costs, submitting implementation packets, failing to substantially implement SORNA, tracking offenders leaving and entering the country, and the 2011 National Workshop.

  • SMART Watch, Summer 2010
    Since the last issue of SMART Watch, the SMART Office has added staff, increased outreach efforts, and issued a series of documents to provide further definition, guidance, and direction to SORNA jurisdictions. Additionally, supplemental guidelines have been proposed that address, among other things, public notification of juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex crimes, posting of sex offender information (e.g., email addresses, Internet identifiers), and reporting of international travel requirements. This issue of SMART Watch highlights these new developments and provides an update on the status of SORNA implementation in the registration jurisdictions.

  • SMART Watch, Winter 2010
    This issue of SMART Watch provides tips and resources to help jurisdictions move toward substantial implementation, focusing on issues relating to information sharing and the complex area of tribal-state communications. This newsletter also contains a "Spotlight on Indian Country" section that offers additional guidance and resources for the 197 tribes that are preparing for substantial implementation of SORNA.

  • SMART Watch, Summer 2009
    This issue of SMART Watch addresses several challenges that jurisdictions are encountering, including offense tiering, juvenile registration and notification, and retroactivity.

  • SMART Watch, Winter 2009
    SMART’s Winter 2009 newsletter includes a discussion of myth versus fact in the implementation of SORNA, as well as additional information on offenses that jurisdictions must include under SORNA.

  • SMARTWatch Receives MarCom Award, November 2008

  • SMART Watch, Summer 2008
    The inaugural issue of SMART Watch provides background information about SORNA and the SMART Office, and introduces a variety of resources available to jurisdictions responsible for implementing SORNA.

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