Congress passed a new bill yesterday that is primarily focused upon COVID issues. Hidden in that legislation, which totals more than $900 billion, is about $200 million for the management of individuals required to register as sex offenders.
The largest amount of funding for the management of registrants is $179 million for expenses related to “community supervision and sex offender registration” including expenses related to a protection order. In addition, the legislation provides $20 million for “sex offender management assistance” pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act and $1 million for the National Sex Offender public website.
“Although this legislation does not identify all funding spent by the federal government to monitor people who are required to register, it provides us with an understanding of the scope of funding spent on registration as well as community supervision of registrants,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
The same legislation also includes $85 million for victims services programs for sex trafficking victims. The legislation does not include funding for registrants or their loved ones whose daily lives are significantly harmed by collateral consequences such as housing limitations and employment restrictions.