Office of Justice Programs

Marnie Dollinger, Senior Policy Advisor

Marnie Dollinger is a senior policy advisor for the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. She advises four states and more than 30 tribes on their implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). She provides programmatic expertise and support for the Native American Sex Offender Management Project and the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative. 

Prior to joining the SMART Office in 2015, Ms. Dollinger was a behavioral analyst with the U.S. Marshals Service Behavioral Analysis Unit at the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. As a behavioral analyst, she provided behavioral investigative advice in the assessment of unknown subject sexual crimes and the location and apprehension of fugitive sexual offenders under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. She specialized in cold case crime scene reconstruction and its application to the behavioral motivations of violent offenders.

Before her work with the Justice Department, Ms. Dollinger was a state program administrative director for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which serves civilly committed sexual offenders on two campuses. In her role, she served as both the director of behavioral analysis and a clinical supervisor, providing assessment, treatment planning, behavioral intervention planning and administrative direction in policy creation and implementation. Early in her career, Ms. Dollinger worked with vulnerable adults and mentally ill and dangerous populations.

In addition to working in the field of sexual offender management, Ms. Dollinger received a Master’s Degree in forensic science from National University in San Diego, and dedicated much of her career to death scene and crime scene investigation. She worked with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and Medtox Laboratories in addition to county and private laboratories and hospitals. She is currently an adjunct associate professor of investigative forensics for the University of Maryland University College.

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