Read this blog to learn about the efforts and accomplishments of the SMART Office over the past ten years.
120 jurisdictions (17 states, 100 tribes and 3 territories) have substantially implemented SORNA's requirements.
Substantial Implementation Reports for each of these jurisdictions are available here.
The SMART Office is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has established the Tribal Access Program (TAP) to provide tribal jurisdictions access to federal crime information databases. This program is heavily informed and driven by tribes, pueblos, and nations working to implement SORNA and by the SMART Office’s commitment to resolving the information sharing issues brought to our attention by our tribal jurisdictions. The SMART Office worked with DOJ’s Justice Management Division and the Office of Tribal Justice to find a solution for all tribes. The SMART Office has fully funded the initial phase of this program and therefore the first ten tribes selected consist entirely of SORNA tribes. Learn more about TAP here.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) established a penalty for jurisdictions that failed to substantially implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) by July 27, 2011, and for any year thereafter. The AWA further provided that the funding penalty amounts shall be reallocated to eligible jurisdictions that have not failed to substantially implement this title or may be reallocated to a jurisdiction from which they were withheld to be used solely for the purpose of implementing SORNA.
The following jurisdictions applied for reallocation of the funding penalty in 2015 to work solely towards furthering SORNA implementation activities and efforts: Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Sex Offender Management Initiative
The SMART Office recently posted its report on the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI), a project designed to assess the state of research and practice in sex offender management.
SOMAPI Webinar Series
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) hosted a nine-part webinar series based on the SMART Office's Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI). The webinars are designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with trustworthy, up-to-date information they can use to identify and implement effective means to combat sexual offending and prevent sexual victimization. Topics include the incidence and prevalence of sexual offending; the etiology of sexual offending; sex offender typologies; internet offending; risk assessment; recidivism; treatment effectiveness, and sex offender management including registration and notification.
To view the recordings and slides for this webinar series, please visit NCJA here: What Do We Know About Sexual Offending and Sex Offender Management and Treatment? A Webinar Series Presenting the Evidence from State-of-the-Art Research.
The SMART Office recently updated the SORNA Model Tribal Code to reflect the changes in federal law that came about with the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.