The Department of Justice issued a press release today announcing the first two jurisdictions to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), part of the Adam Walsh Act. The two jurisdictions? Ohio and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. From the press release:
The State of Ohio and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (located in the state of Oregon) have been working diligently with the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) to achieve this milestone, according to officials from the SMART Office.
"This marks an important achievement for Ohio's families and children," said Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. "Effective tracking and monitoring of sex offenders equips parents with the information they need to keep their children safe. Taking deliberate steps to provide a common foundation for all the registration systems throughout the United States allows our families to make the most effective use of the information those systems provide."
While most states have had sex offender registry systems in place for more than a decade, the tribal communities only became registration jurisdictions after the passage of the Adam Walsh Act. The Umatilla Indian Reservation has made significant strides in substantially implementing the registration and notification systems in a relatively short time frame.