Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $394,074)
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 Mississippi Department of Public Safety is working to improve its currently substantially compliant registration system for the State of Mississippi by (1) enhancing the current infrastructure to capture, store, process and make searchable fingerprints; (2) acquiring finances for consultative support for system implementation and on-site training; and (3) enhancing, updating and/or replacing existing equipment, including document and fingerprint scanners. ca/ncf