Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $301,707)
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 Connecticut State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit (SORU) is working towards meeting SORNA requirements and preparing the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry. SORU plans to purchase three kiosks to assist with sex offender registration with the intention of purchasing additional kiosks in the future. The SORU also plans to convert a significant number of files to a digitized format, and develop and enhance training for all state and local stakeholders, such as local police jurisdictions, parole and probation officers, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Probation, State's Attorneys, public defenders, and victim's advocate organizations.