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Justice Department releases proposed supplemental guidelines for sex offender registration; seeks pu
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The Department of Justice released for public comment proposed Supplemental Guidelines for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

"These proposed Supplemental Guidelines will assist registration jurisdictions in meeting the requirements of SORNA," said Linda M. Baldwin, director of the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). "We must continue to move forward in implementing the provisions of the Adam Walsh Act."

The current SORNA Guidelines establish a detailed set of comprehensive minimum standards governing sex offender registration for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, territories and certain federally recognized tribes.

The Department of Justice is proposing that the Supplemental Guidelines address public notification of juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex crimes, the posting of sex offender information, such as e-mail addresses and other Internet identifiers, and reporting of international travel requirements. Some additional issues include: on-going review of SORNA implementation, the sharing of information across jurisdictions and the application of SORNA to new federally recognized Indian tribes.

The open period for public comment will last for 60 days after the announcement in the Federal Register. The proposed Guidelines can be found at Comments may be submitted to