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The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA): A Guide on SORNA Implementation in Indian Country

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Date Published
March 2016
28 pages
This guide provides sex offender registration personnel in Indian Country with information to assist them in implementing the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. Its objective is to close potential gaps and loopholes under prior law, and it strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. After explaining the provisions and purposes of SORNA, the guide outlines the duties of a "SORNA Registration Officer," who oversees all required SORNA tasks. This is followed by a review of SORNA "in-person" registration requirements, a discussion of where to register, and who must register with a tribal jurisdiction. Other topics addressed are tiering offenses, required registration information, DNA collection and submission, fingerprints and palm prints, and submitting offender information into NCIC/NSOR. Other topics addressed are the information required for notice of international travel, the SORNA exchange portal, community notification requirements, the public website, the tribe and territory sex offender registry system, and juvenile offenders under SORNA. The guide concludes with information on failure to appear for registration, SORNA substantial implementation, and resources for tribal training and technical assistance.

Date Published: March 1, 2016