National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

Department of Justice Announces Final National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

WASHINGTON – On July 2, The Department of Justice announced the final guidelines for Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The Guidelines provide necessary tools for states, the District of Columbia, territories and certain federally recognized Indian tribes to incorporate SORNA minimum requirements into their sex offender registration and notification programs.

The final guidelines provide direction and assistance to all jurisdictions in their efforts to meet the minimum standards of the Adam Walsh Act. Since the enactment of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act in 1994, all states, the District of Columbia and two territories currently have some form of a sex offender registration and notification program. On July 27, 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed which enhanced the effectiveness of programs by establishing a new comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification throughout the United States.

On July 30 to August 1, 2008 the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) will host its second annual National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability in Baltimore. The symposium will bring together state and federal lawmakers, top state, local and tribal government officials, policy advisors, law enforcement, parole and probation officers, prosecutors, and frontline professionals who monitor, register, track and manage sex offenders. The meeting will include special tracks that focus on policy, enforcement, emerging issues, and topics related specifically to sex offender management in Indian Country and tribal governments.

The final guidelines and additional information on significant changes can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart and http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/pdfs/final_sornaguidelines.pdf

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