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Registration and Notification

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 Act: Implementation Challenges for States — Summary and Assessment of Research
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, October 2020

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies: Summary and Assessment of Research on Claimed Impacts to Registered Offenders
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, October 2020

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 2019

Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code-Revised
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, 2017

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

Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, August 2016

Registration and Notification for Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking-Sponsored, July 2015

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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.