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NCJ Number: 221146 Find in a Library
Title: Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act 2006: What Does It Mean for Your Law Enforcement Agency?
Journal: The Police Chief  Volume:74  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:18,20-22,24
Author(s): Christina Horst
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines potential implications of the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) for law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: The 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (known as the Walsh Act) establishes comprehensive standards for sex offender registration and notification. It is intended to decrease victimization rates and increase public safety through improved monitoring and tracking mechanisms for sex offenders. In 2007, proposed guidelines were issued for the Walsh Act to assist jurisdictions with implementation. The Walsh Act requires that all jurisdictions implement SORNA standards by July 2009. Jurisdictions may have laws that are more restrictive than SORNA as long as the baseline requirements are met. SORNA provides consistency in sex offender registrations and tracking mechanisms across jurisdictions, thereby closing loopholes. SORNA standards are expected to enhance public safety and prevent future victimization by increasing public awareness of sex offenders in communities and promoting offender accountability through more stringent requirements. Law enforcement agencies will play a major role in ensuring sex offender compliance with SORNA standards and in preventing these offenders from falling through the cracks. This article outlines SORNA’s potential implications for law enforcement in the areas of applicability, registration, tier classification system, duration of registration, verification, notification and information sharing, noncompliance and the role of the U.S. Marshals Service, juvenile sex offenders, and compliance. 10 notes
Main Term(s): Sex Offender Registration
Index Term(s): Federal legislation; Laws and Statutes; Police effectiveness; Police responsibilities; Regulations compliance; Sex offenders; Standards implementation
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