Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $142,837)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support compliance with Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA 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.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) will develop and implement a sex offender registration program that will comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act under the Adam Walsh Act. The MBCI will accomplish this goal through the following objectives: 1) develop and implement policies and procedures governing the registration and notification process; 2) identify and register all sex offenders residing, working or attending school on the Choctaw Reservation; 3) ensure victim and community safety; and 4) provide knowledge regarding sex offender law, policies, and procedures to personnel involved in all phases of sex offender management. In order to implement these measures, the MBCI will contract with a consultant experienced in the development and implementation of sex offender registration programs. This consultant will join the Tribal Committee and oversee the entire project. This grant will also support the purchase of technology needed to assist with implementation.