Office of Justice Programs


Jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA

155 jurisdictions (17 states, 134 tribes and 4 territories) have substantially implemented SORNA's requirements.

Substantial Implementation Reports for each of these jurisdictions are available on the SORNA page

An overview of the SORNA implementation status of all states, territories and the District of Columbia is available in this progress check.

Tribal Access Program

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. Visit the Tribal Access Program page for more information.

Reallocation of Byrne JAG Funding

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 funding penalty amounts shall be reallocated to eligible jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA or may be reallocated to a jurisdiction from which they were withheld to be used solely to work toward SORNA implementation.

The following jurisdictions applied for reallocation of the funding penalty in 2018 to work solely toward furthering SORNA implementation activities and efforts: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Sex Offender Management Initiative

In 2012, the SMART Office began working 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. Access the full SOMAPI report and recommendations (2017 update).

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.

Revised Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code

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.

SMART Office Blogs

Access the following blog posts to learn more about the SMART Office and its efforts and accomplishments:

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