Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $189,625)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of 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 Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) requires grant funding to implement Phase V of their Indiana Comprehensive Sex Offender Management Initiative Proposal. Of particular concern is making sure the State has electronic documentation to support registration determinations that can be shared with state and national justice partners as required under SORNA. The goal of this program is to implement a records management project to develop the infrastructure for document management and convert existing and new registration documentation to a digitized format. This proposal will allow for the purchase of scanning units for local law enforcement officials for registration purposes that will allow for document collection for those offenders not committed to the IDOC but instead sentenced to local penalties and for individuals that relocate to Indiana. These efforts will allow for additional registration related documentation to be stored and collected (e.g., registration forms completed by offenders, copies of passports, and other data required under Section 114) as well. The proposal will also allow for contractual hours necessary to request existing historical paper documentation from local law enforcement entities around Indiana. Finally, the IDOC will be requesting funds to convert existing paper documentation held for registration purposes to an electronic image format.