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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUCES $11.8 MILLION TO HELP STATES AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS COMPLY WITH ADAM WALSH ACT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice today announced more than $11.8 million in grants and assistance to state, local, and tribal governments to assist with developing or enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. These awards are made through the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program.

“Protecting our most vulnerable citizens from dangerous predators is an intrinsic duty,” said Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “These grants will provide states, units of local government, and tribal communities with the resources they need to protect communities and fully implement the Adam Walsh Act.”

The grants are administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). Funding will be used to 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 for investigative purposes; and implement other efforts aimed at furthering the objectives of SORNA.

The Adam Walsh Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006 and is designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime. The Act also aims to prevent child abuse and child pornography, promote Internet safety, and honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other crime victims. SORNA, Title I of the Adam Walsh Act, was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.

To further the Justice Department’s efforts to assist state, local and tribal governments with the implementation of SORNA, the SMART Office will host its annual Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability on July 30—August 1, 2008 in Baltimore. The 2008 Symposium will address a wide variety of topics relating to Sex Offender management and the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act. In addition, the Symposium will include specialized tracks focusing on policy, enforcement, emerging issues and Indian country issues.

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office (SMART). More information can be found at https://ojp.gov.

Grant Recipients

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, AL $300,000
THE HOPI TRIBE, AZ $178,216
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, AR $231,500
SAN MATEO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, CA $98,795
OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, CA $204,500
DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT, CO $216,008
CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, CO $251,793
DELAWARE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COUNCIL, DE $119,732
MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT, FL $70,879
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL $256,452
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, FL $254,509
PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE, FL $300,000
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, FL $133,126
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA $120,074
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA $157,920
HAWAII CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA CENTER, HI $300,000
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE, IL $65,058
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, IN $300,000
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, IA $269,450
KANSAS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, KS $59,725
SALINE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, KS $37,060
KENTUCKY STATE POLICE, KY   $231,609
NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT, LA $150,000
TERREBONE PARISH, LA $91,474
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, ME $63,000
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY & CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MD $299,970
CITY OF BALTIMORE, MD $140,236
NEW BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT, MA $63,689
MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, MI $220,000
GRAND TRAVERSE BAND OF OTTAWA AND CHIPPEWA INDIANS, MI $41,134
LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY BANDS OF ODAWA INDIANS, MI $296,753
MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION, MN $207,273
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, MS $9,000
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL, MO $116,338
BUCHANAN COUNTY, MO $91,676
NEBRASKA STATE PATROL, NE $280,248
HENDERSON CITY, NV $132,994
NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, NV $300,000
WASHOE TRIBE OF NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA $77,249
NEWARK POLICE DEPARTMENT, NJ $53,075
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY, NJ $165,963
BERNALILLO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT, NM $135,330
SANTO DOMINGO TRIBE, NM $105,067
PUEBLO OF TAOS, NM $108,232
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY $300,000
UTICA CITY, NY $281,981
ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF, NY $14,717
PITT COUNTY, NC $23,205
NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF CRIME CONTROL AND PUBLIC SAFETY, NC $239,904
NORTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ND $300,000
STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, ND $75,000
MANSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT, OH $74,153
APACHE TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA, OK $40,000
UNITED KEETOOWAH BAND OF CHEROKEE, OK $32,769
CHEROKEE NATION, OK $134,375
CITY OF PORTLAND, OR $299,067
CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF WARM SPRINGS, OR $300,000
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE, PA $300,000
SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION, SC $299,859
ANDERSON COUNTY, SC $22,013
SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SD $31,331
CITY OF AUSTIN, TX $297,000
TEXAS DEPT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, TX $187,500
CITY OF HOUSTON, TX $297,490
UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, UT $300,000
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE, VA $38,155
NOOKSACK INDIAN TRIBE, WA $140,000
SUQUAMISH TRIBE, WA $8,550
SHOALWATER BAY INDIAN TRIBE, WA $23,750
CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE CHEHALIS RESERVATION, WA $104,959
WISCONSIN DEPT OF CORRECTIONS, WI $204,780
MENOMINEE INDIAN TRIBE OF WISCONSIN, WI $124,805

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