The Economics of Compliance with Adam Walsh

Presented by CSG Justice Center/Public Safety & Justice Task Force
Working Breakfast
Saturday, May 22
8-9:30 a.m.
Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor
In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety was enacted into law. With Title I of the act – the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA  – states must demonstrate their statutes substantially conform to an array of minimum practices, including the definition and elements of certain sex offenses, minimum registry durations, on-going activities to monitor offender compliance with registration, and public notification practices. While the act specifies that states not found in substantial compliance are subject to a 10 percent reduction tin Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, the actual economic costs associated with the implementation of the act are less clear. This session will discuss methods and approaches states might use to determine the fiscal impacts of the law's implementation.