Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Grant (SORNA)
OVERVIEW: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) is designed to protect children and adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse and child pornography, promote Internet safety, and honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other crime victims. SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration and notification of those offenders. These funds, which are a 10% penalty on the Justice Assistant Grant for non-compliance, will be used to further compliance with SORNA. The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council’s project will include enhancements to adapt the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry (SOR) to existing database structures. Existing paper registration files will be digitized in the new registry system. Additional upgrades, integration, and enhancements to the Sex Offender Registration System will be implemented. This will improve compliance with state registration requirements resulting from recent legal rulings.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be implementing or maintaining compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
PURPOSE AREAS: Funds under the SORNA grant will work to assist with the implementation of the following programs and protect the public from sexual abuse and exploitation through:
- Stepped-up federal investigations and prosecution efforts to assist jurisdictions in enforcing sex offender registration requirements,
- New statutory provisions for the National Sex Offender Registry and the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website that compile information obtained from registration programs across the country and make it readily available to law enforcement or the public,
- Federal development of software tools, which registration jurisdictions will be able to use to facilitate the operation of their registration and notification programs in conformity with the SORNA standards, and
- Establishment of the SMART Office to administer the national standards for sex offender registration and notification and to assist registration jurisdictions in their implementation.
Important areas of reform under SORNA also include:
- Extending the jurisdictions in which registration is required beyond the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the principal U.S. territories, to include federally recognized Indian tribes.
- Incorporating a more comprehensive group of sex offenders and sex offenses for which registration is required.
- Requiring registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in the jurisdictions in which they reside, work, or go to school.
- Requiring sex offenders to provide more extensive registration information.
- Requiring sex offenders to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update the registration information.
- Expanding the amount of information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
- Making changes in the required minimum duration of registration for sex offenders.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Amy Davis, Grant Programs Assistant, Federal Grants Division, at 405-264-5008 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this grant.