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SORNA Model Tribal Code

NCJ Number
Date Published
March 2011
27 pages
The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing , Monitoring, Apprehension, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) presents this Revised Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
The report contains a reminder that this document is intended to be only a guide and information resource that each tribe should consider in determining how to comply with SORNA. Tribes must determine how they are going to implement SORNA in order to assess their need to pass a Sex Offender Registration Code. The report indicates what is legally required for tribes to comply with SORNA implementation. In addition, the report recommends that tribes use this Code only as a starting point, since SORNA implementation is unique to each jurisdiction. Thus, adoption of a sex offender code should reflect the distinctive laws, processes, population, land, and traditions of each tribe. The report includes notes that are intended to encourage tribal leaders to consider other relevant issues as they discuss potential code/ordinance development. Submission of a Code to the SMART Office is only part of the necessary submission for substantial implementation review.