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Jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA

108 jurisdictions (17 states, 88 tribes and 3 territories) have substantially implemented SORNA's requirements.

Substantial Implementation Reports for each of these jurisdictions are available here.

Reallocation of Byrne JAG Funding

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) established a penalty for jurisdictions that failed to substantially implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) by July 27, 2011, and for any year thereafter. The AWA further provided that the funding penalty amounts shall be reallocated to eligible jurisdictions that have not failed to substantially implement this title or may be reallocated to a jurisdiction from which they were withheld to be used solely for the purpose of implementing SORNA.

The following jurisdictions applied for reallocation of the funding penalty in 2015 to work solely towards furthering SORNA implementation activities and efforts: Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Sex Offender Management Initiative

The SMART Office recently posted its report on the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI), a project designed to assess the state of research and practice in sex offender management.

Access the full report and recommendations online.

SOMAPI Webinar Series

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is hosting a new webinar series based on the SMART Office's Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI) report published in October, 2014. These webinars are designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with trustworthy, up-to-date information they can use to identify and implement what works to combat sexual offending and prevent sexual victimization.

Find out more here: What Do We Know About Sexual Offending and Sex Offender Management and Treatment? A Webinar Series Presenting the Evidence from State-of-the-Art Research.

SORNA Tribal Regional Trainings

The SMART Office in cooperation with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) at Fox Valley Technical College is holding four Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) regional trainings for tribal jurisdictions. These trainings are designed to assist tribes in developing sustainable sex offender programs and implementing SORNA. Registration is now open for the following locations and dates:

Tulsa, OklahomaMay 13, 2015 – May 14, 2015
Rapid City, SDMay 28, 2015 – May 29, 2015
Petoskey, MIJune 16, 2015 – June 18, 2015
Albuquerque, NMJuly 28, 2015 – July 30, 2015

Register Online

Procedure for Delegation of Tribal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Responsibilities

This document describes the procedure that will be used when the SMART Office determines that a tribe is unable to implement SORNA within a reasonable amount of time.

SORNA Implementation Documents

The SMART Office has released two additional SORNA Implementation Documents on the topics of Community Notification for Juveniles Adjudicated Delinquent of a Sex Offense and Information Required for Notice of International Travel.

Revised Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code

The SMART Office recently updated the SORNA Model Tribal Code to reflect the changes in federal law that came about with the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

International Tracking of Sex Offenders

When the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) was enacted and its Final Guidelines were published, the U.S. Department of Justice was tasked with creating a tracking system for sex offenders who depart and reenter the United States. To that end, the SMART Office created the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group in 2008, which has been working to enable appropriate information sharing about sex offenders who either intend to travel or are travelling internationally. This proposed system is outlined in a white paper made available to Congress in December 2010.

Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

On January 11, 2011, the Department of Justice released supplemental guidelines for SORNA. The SORNA Supplemental Guidelines address, among other things, 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. Other issues addressed in the Supplemental Guidelines include on-going review of SORNA implementation, the sharing of information across jurisdictions, and the application of SORNA to newly federally-recognized Indian tribes. The final Supplemental Guidelines can be found here.

SORNA Retroactive Rule Finalized

The Department of Justice finalized an interim rule specifying that the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, title I of Public Law 109-248, apply to all sex offenders, including sex offenders convicted of the offense for which registration is required before the enactment of that Act. The final rule can be found here.

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