The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Support for Adam Walsh Act (AWA) Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). (34 U.S.C. § 20901 et seq.) SORNA was enacted to provide a comprehensive set of standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. “Jurisdiction” is defined in SORNA as any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories and federally recognized Indian tribes — to the extent provided by 34 U.S.C. § 20911(10) — that have elected to implement SORNA.
The AWA Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement SORNA requirements. SORNA requires all states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories and participating federally recognized Indian tribes to maintain a sex offender registry; and sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the individual lives, works or goes to school. SORNA also sets forth requirements for sex offender registries (to include specified information), duration of registration, in-person verification of registration information, participation in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website ( NSOPW.gov), interjurisdictional information exchange and international notification of relocating or traveling offenders.
The goals of the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program are to —
Objectives and Deliverables can be found at https://smart.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh231/files/media/document/O-SMART-2023-171598-FY23AWA-V1_Compliant.v2.pdf#page=8.
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