SMART Develops Registry Options for Indian Country and Territories

Federally recognized Indian tribes must adhere to the same sex offender registration and notification requirements as the states, territories, and the District of Columbia if they elect to function as a registration jurisdiction under Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). As many Indian tribes and three U.S. Territories currently do not have public sex offender registries and may not have the technical resources to create and maintain them, the SMART Office, with assistance from the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), has developed a solution.

The office will provide a centralized sex offender registry to the tribes and terroritories. The centralized registry, which will be hosted by IIR, will include five web site templates from which tribes and territories can select to create unique, tribe/territory-specific sex offender registry web sites. These web sites also will be hosted by IIR, so tribes will not have to invest in additional equipment to manage them. The web sites will contain all of the functionality required by SORNA: searching, mapping, and geo-coding of sex offenders; email notification signup; and email address searching. In addition, the sites will include a secure sign-in feature so that only properly authenticated users can make modifications.

A database will be created to store the offender data for all tribes and territories that use the centralized registry; this database will store the required registration information set forth by SORNA, section 114. Furthermore, the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website will soon allow users to include Indian tribal offenders in their search results.

To assist tribes and territories in using the web site templates—

  • The SMART Office and IIR will provide limited telephone and electronic support to help facilitate initial web site setup.

  • IIR will conduct up to four regional training events for tribal and territorial representatives to help them learn about the central tribal/territorial registry system. Each qualifying tribe and territory will be able to send one representative to one of the events.
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