Issue Brief 10-12
April 2, 2010

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (P.L.109-248), established a new set of minimum national standards for sex offender registries and notification laws. It also included penalties for states, territories, and tribal jurisdictions that fail to meet the compliance requirements and deadlines. Non-compliant states are subject to a 10% reduction in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding. States face an upcoming compliance deadline of July 27, 2010. However, states may request a one-year extension.