Funding for SORNA Implementation
The SMART Office established the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation grant program in FY 2007 to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). This grant program provides funding to help jurisdictions—
- Develop or enhance sex offender registration programs.
- Improve law enforcement and other justice agency information sharing as it relates to sex offender registration and notification.
- Develop or enhance local absconder apprehension efforts.
- Collect, store, and analyze sex offender biometric and DNA data.
- Implement other efforts aimed at furthering SORNA’s objectives.
In March 2008, the SMART Office awarded 72 grants under the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation program, totaling $11.8 million, to 14 federally recognized Indian tribes, 28 states, and 39 localities. These awards support various projects involving efforts such as enhancement of information technology programs, support of sex offender registration and notification, address verification and implementation of sex offender registration programs, and multiagency task force operations targeting noncompliant sex offenders.
The SMART Office web site includes the list of grantees. On July 31, 2008, the SMART Symposium will include a session that presents information on several innovative programs funded in FY 2008.
In March 2008, the SMART Office announced additional funding for this grant program through the release of the FY 2008 SMART Office Support for Implementation of the Adam Walsh Act Grant Program solicitation. Awards will be made by September 30, 2008.
In addition to the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation grant program, the SMART Office manages the Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment and Capacity Development grant program. In FY 2007, the SMART Office provided $5 million to support juvenile sex offender treatment programs. It is anticipated that program implementation will begin in September 2008.
In FY 2008, the SMART Office assumed management of the Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Training and Technical Assistance grant program from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The CASOM program assists state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in improving their adult and/or juvenile sex offender management policies and practices by—
- Critically examining existing approaches to monitoring and managing the population.
- Identifying significant gaps and needs in the monitoring and management of sex offender programs.
- Developing strategies to address the current shortcomings in existing programs or in the development of new programs.
- SORNA: Implementation in Indian Country
Native Americans endure sexual assault at a rate far greater than any other demographic group . . . More
- Funding for SORNA Implementation
The Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation grant program helps jurisdictions improve information sharing; . . . More
- 2008 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability
The SMART Office’s annual symposium is being held in Baltimore, Maryland from July 30 to August 1, 2008 . . . More
- 2008 National Tribal Symposium: SORNA Training for Indian Country
The 2008 National Tribal Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability brought tribal leaders and tribal criminal justice and social service representatives together . . . More