Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $154,309)
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is the central repository for all predatory offender information in the state of Minnesota. The registry was created in 1991 after the abduction and disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. Minnesota currently has over 18,000 registered offenders.
In November 2015, the BCA submitted a SORNA Implementation Package to the SMART Office for review. In September 2016, the BCA received the results of the review from the SMART Office. Although the BCA was deemed to be in compliance with several of the SORNA requirements, the summary report indicated that the BCA had not substantially implemented SORNA.
The BCA is proposing to utilize the SORNA Reallocation grant funding continue to address deficiencies identified in the requirement outlined in the SORNA Implementation Package review. Minnesota did not meet SORNA requirement X – Public Registry Website Requirements – limited offenders posted with not all required data posted.
The BCA has already developed a new public registrant website for displaying noncompliant offender as permitted by Minnesota law. Funding constraints limited development on that site and mapping capabilities have not been added. The BCA will use the money provided by this grant to complete the work on mapping capabilities, the addition of which will bring the MN Noncompliant Public Website as close to substantial compliance with SORNA requirement X as allowable within state law.