SORNA refers to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
which is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of
2006 (Public Law 109-248). SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum
standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United
States. SORNA 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. Additionally, SORNA:
- Extends the jurisdictions in which registration is required
beyond the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the principal U.S.
territories, to include also federally recognized Indian tribes.
- Incorporates a more comprehensive group of sex offenders and sex offenses for which registration is required.
- Requires registered sex offenders to register and keep their
registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or
go to school.
- Requires sex offenders to provide more extensive registration information.
- Requires sex offenders to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their registration information.
- Expands the amount of information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
- Makes changes in the required minimum duration of registration for sex offenders.