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Sex Offenders

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Overview

In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) was signed into law, revising the national standards for sex offender registration and notification. These standards encompass the results of prior legislative actions, such as the Jacob Wetterling Act, while also extending and supplementing them (The SMART Office: Open for Business, Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office).

To assist jurisdictions in their efforts to manage sex offenders and to implement the minimum requirements of the AWA, the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking (SMART) Office was created within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, in 2006. The SMART Office is available to professionals who may need assistance or advice on matters associated with sex offenders, including the management, monitoring, and prosecution of the offenders (The SMART Office: Open for Business, Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office).

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