Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $50,908)
Rhode Island purchased a sex offender registry and public notification software package in July 2020. The software enables compliance with the legislative updates made effective July 1, 2020. In addition, the software provides: a unified platform to all state and local agencies involved in sex offender management, increased efficiency and accuracy in the registry, built-in monitoring and tracking tools, automatically generated SORNA Exchange Portal notifications, automatic and immediate updates to the public website, and greater overall public safety.
The legislative changes, in conjunction with the software purchase, bring Rhode Island into SORNA compliance in the following areas: immediate transfer of information, offenses included in the registry, required registration information, keeping registration current, public registry website requirements, community notification, when an offender fails to appear for registration, and when an offender has absconded.
Upon implementation of the software, a data migration and verification project was launched. The Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry is currently transferring historical data from the legacy database, analyzing criminal history information, and verifying that all information in the current registry database is accurate and complete.