Fiscal Year 1998 Program Announcement
The National Sex Offender Registry Assistance Program (NSOR-AP), a component of the BJS National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), supports the President's goal of establishing an effective national registry of sexual offenders. The registry will ensure that accurate and complete information about released sex offenders is appropriately made available to protect the public and prevent further victimization. Specifically, the program will help States ensure that:
- State sexual offender registries identify, collect, and properly disseminate relevant information which is consistent, accurate, complete, and up-to-date;
- States establish appropriate interfaces with the FBI's national system so that State registry information on sexual offenders can be obtained and tracked from one jurisdiction to another.
The FY 1998 BJS budget includes $25 Million to support the national sexual offender registry. Although currently all States have some form of registry in place, many cannot efficiently or accurately share information. Accordingly, all States will be eligible for an award from these funds.
The BJS NSOR grant program will assist States in meeting the requirements of federal legislation (The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, Megan's Law and the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act) and related State standards.