Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $61,521)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (42 U.S.C. ¡± 16909, et seq.; Pub. L. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2193) 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 Mississippi Department of Public Safety will utilize these grant funds to support Sex Offender Registration (SOR) personnel attendance at SMART-sponsored AWA/SORNA conferences/workshops; convene an annual Statewide, agency-hosted Sex Offender Registration (SOR) conference for sheriffs and other personnel responsible for registering sex offenders; acquire computer workstations and document scanners for SOR personnel; and procure contractor services to perform system enhancements to the existing Mississippi Sex Offender Registration (MSOR) system. ca/ncf