GAO Releases Report on Issues Concerning the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)
Date:  02-13-2013

Added e-supplement offers information from GAO’s survey of SORNA offices
Hugh Paquette, Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office, announced the release of a report and e-supplement “covering issues related to implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).” According to Paquette, the e-supplement contains information the SORNA offices submitted about “efforts to implement SORNA, challenges associated with doing so, and perspectives on the effects of the law in their jurisdictions.” To read the e-supplement click here to go to website

Findings, taken from the report include:

  • Officials from 4 of 12 implementing jurisdictions who responded to the survey reported that one benefit was improved monitoring of registered sex offenders.

  • Stakeholders also reported that SORNA resulted in enhanced information sharing on registered sex offenders between criminal justice components, in part through the use of certain databases that enable jurisdictions to share information with one another.

  • Officials from three of five state agencies and all eight of the local law enforcement agencies GAO interviewed stated that their workload has increased, in part because of the increased frequency at which sex offenders must update their registration information as a result of the act.

  • Offices also said that SORNA implementation has made it more difficult for registered sex offenders to obtain housing and employment, which can negatively affect their ability to reintegrate into their communities.

    Source: CURE National
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