Special Feature: Sex Offenders - Registration and Notification

Featured Legislation

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)
SORNA, Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248), provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. It aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs.

Publications

Sex Offender Registration and Notification in the United States: Current Case Law and Issues
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, March 2018
Global Survey of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Systems
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, November 2016
Law Enforcement Perspectives on Sex Offender Registration and Notification
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2016
Registration and Notification for Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, July 2015
Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, October 2014
Evaluation of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Michigan and Missouri
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2013
Registered Sex Offenders: Sharing More Information Will Enable Federal Agencies to Improve Notifications of Sex Offenders' International Travel
Government Accountability Office, February 2013
Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code-Revised
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, May 2011
Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, May 2010
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2010
Fifty State Survey of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Requirements
National Institute of Corrections, September 2009
Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Research Finds Limited Effects in New Jersey
National Institute of Justice, April 2009
Unintended Consequences of Sex Offender Residency Laws: Can GIS Mapping Help?
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2008
Frequently Asked Questions: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Final Guidelines
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, July 2008
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Substantial Implementation Checklist
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, July 2008
The National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification -- Final Guidelines 2008
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, June 2008
Convicted Sex Offenders: Factors That Could Affect the Successful Implementation of Driver's License-Related Processes to Encourage Registration and Enhance Monitoring
Government Accountability Office, January 2008

For additional resources, visit the Justice System: Sex Offender Registries section of our site and conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

Related Resources

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
This website, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the federal government. This website is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): National/State Sex Offender Public Registry
This website provides links to individual state sex offender registry websites. The state registries are used to populate the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.
Sex Offender Registration Case Law Updates
This section of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office website provides links to case law updates related to sex offenders.
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office
The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing states with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations.
U.S. Marshals Service
The U.S. Marshals Service is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations and related offenses in connection with violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

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