Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $398,616)
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 State of Alabama is working towards addressing challenges faced in complying with SORNA. The State hopes to provide a query based software solution so that the state, and each county office, can identify all offenders missing SORNA required fields. The State also has three additional goals that it hopes will improve the maintenance and enforcement of compliance with SORNA requirements: (1) to enhance jurisdiction-wide implementation of and compliance with SORNA through technological advances and auditing current use of sex offender management software in the State of Alabama; (2) to enhance jurisdiction-wide implementation of and compliance with SORNA by conducting data validation assessments of all registration sites to improve use of sex offender management software use across the State of Alabama; and (3) to develop and implement processes and procedures to report grantee data as required by SMART Office, and to provide quarterly user group input by reviewing performance measures data, and progress towards implementation and operation of statewide solution.