Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $199,185)
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 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. principal territories 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 Connecticut is currently facing ongoing issues that have hindered its ability to work toward compliance with SORNA requirements. With SMART FY 14 AWA grant funds, Connecticut will be able to address the backlog of 6,619 outstanding violations on actively registered sex offenders (RSO), hire more personnel to assist with duties specifically dealing with sex offender obligations, and create a training program for law enforcement and other criminal justice agency personnel responsible for sex offender registration, notification, and monitoring. ca/ncf