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SORNA in the Post-Deadline Era: What’s the Next Move?  

Author:  Andrew J.  Harris.

Source: Volume 12, Number 06, October/November 2011 , pp.81-86(6)

Sex Offender Law Report

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On July 27, 2011, U.S. states, territories, and covered tribal jurisdictions faced the final deadline to implement national standards for sex offender registration and notification established pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA).Jurisdictions not meeting the deadline faced a 10% reduction in their federal law enforcement formula funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. As of the deadline, a total of 24jurisdictions—14 states, nine tribal jurisdictions, and one U.S. territory— had been deemed by the U.S. Department of Justice as having substantially implemented SORNA’s provisions.(See Sidebar: Under the Deadline.) Additionally, the DOJ’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration, Monitoring, and Tracking (SMART), reported that it was continuing to work closely with remaining states, tribes, and territories, and reports that many jurisdictions have made significant progress toward SORNA compliance.


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