Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $121,984)
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.
With this grant award, the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General will upgrade software to better facilitate communication between motor vehicle licensing and the sex offender registry (SOR); update computer equipment for two SOR staff; purchase 75 Signature Pads to maintain/enhance registering agencies compatibility with the State system; and support a statewide sex offender training in the Spring of 2017. ca/ncf