Federal Office Helps with SORNA

When the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act became law on July 27, 2006, it set the stage for jurisdictions to strengthen their monitoring and tracking of sex offenders. The Act also established, within the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to help jurisdictions nationwide implement Title I of the Actís provisions, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

SMART Office staff provides technical assistance and training regarding SORNA implementation issues to jurisdictions and professionals in the field of sex offender management. The office also determines whether the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the five principal U.S. territories and 197 Indian tribes that have elected to implement the Act, have substantially implemented SORNAís minimum requirements. The first implementation deadline was set by statute as July 2009. On May 26, 2009, the U.S. Attorney General exercised his authority to extend this deadline for all registration jurisdictions to July 2010. All jurisdictions are eligible to request another one-year extension, bringing the final deadline to July 2011.

Linda M. Baldwin joined as the SMART Office director last summer. She will be a speaker during the NAAG Spring Meeting, March 1 Ė 3 to discuss SORNAís requirements and the ways her office can assist Attorneys General offices.

Prior to joining the SMART Office, Baldwin served as a project manager for the New York State Unified Court Systemís Office of Court Administration. During her seven-year tenure, she implemented and expanded statewide initiatives for New York Stateís sex offense, mental health and drug treatment courts. As part of her work on the New York State Sex Offense Court Initiative, Baldwin organized training programs designed to teach and promote best practices for managing the high risk population of sex offenders.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary S. Stein after receiving her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1993.

SMART Office Contact Information

If state Attorneys General offices have questions about SORNA, the final guidelines, or SMART's role, please visit the Web site or contact the SMART Office directly.

SMART Office
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
202-514-4689
202-616-2906 (fax)
GetSMART@usdoj.gov
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart

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SMART Office Director Linda Baldwin