Virgin Islands: $400,000 Award from the U.S. Department of Justice in Support of SORNA

Source: 10/25/21

ST. THOMAS, USVI – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in support of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The award from the DOJ’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) supports the vital work of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) efforts towards the implementation of SORNA initiatives. SORNA requires convicted sex offenders to register in the states in which they live, work, or attend school, and it directs the Attorney General to issue regulations and guidelines to implement SORNA.

“Sex offender registrations and notification systems are critical in our efforts to diminish the continued victimization of children subjected to sexual abuse,” Shappert said. “Consistent with the law, convicted sex offenders are expected to comply with registration requirements.  This process helps law enforcement protect our communities.”

Congress enacted SORNA as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 to strengthen the nation’s sex offender registration programs, which exist in every state, and to ensure that sex offenders are effectively tracked as they move among jurisdictions. SORNA includes requirements regarding the sex offenses for which registration is required and the information sex offenders must provide to registration authorities; reporting of changes in, and periodic verification of, residence and other information; and the required duration of registration for sex offenders in different classes. SORNA also requires sex offenders to report travel abroad, which addresses the global concern over international sex tourism and trafficking.

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More of our tax money flushed down the toilet based on lies. Most sexual offenses are committed by FIRST time offenders. So, you must ask yourself why these “concerned” people inside the DOJ (who admit sex offenders have a very low re-offense rate) are doing zilch about preventing sex crimes in the first place. The answer is corruption, they only care about enforcing laws that benefit themselves, not citizens.

According to the Anne E. Casey foundation, a whopping 40% of USVI’s children were living in poverty in 2016. The back to back hurricanes (remember Hurricane Maria?) left so much destruction in their wake, educational facilities are still not repaired. Is giving almost HALF A MILLION DOLLARS to SORNA going to feed the children? Educate them? Fix their schools? This is such a horrible lack of compassion for children living in America – the Gov’t should be embarassed they’re wasting their money on this.

This feds are coming January 1st 2022✌🤑

I met to say it is a $7K Plus Bounty per each Person Forced to Register

There are only 52 Persons Forced to Register in the Entire Territory
This is a backlash for the ignoring the Epstein Matter; 

The Previous head of SORNA just let ‘HIM’ do what he wanted to do(Oddly, that Person has Vacated Her Position and NOW is a Local Police Officer); 

He only EVER, Re-Registered ONCE; 

the FAA Control Tower did nothing to alert LAW Enforcement of the comings and goings; they are now all in early retirement and have fled the territory
everyone, here, in the Territory was on the Take with Regards to the Epstein Matter
and now, Plaskett, the AG who’s was appointed and NOT ELECTED, The Assistant AG Gretchen, and even the Governor are all in cahoots!

So, NOW, instead of Policing REAL CRIME, they are trying to create crime
They Should Re-Direct the monies to stop all the Gun Violence amongst the young punks arguing over drug sales etc….

$400K for 52 Person’s Forced to Register…that is over $7K per each!

Rhode Island is getting funds too:

“The funding …. will be used to enhance and increase sex offender registration compliance and minimize gaps in offender information.”
Really? Minimize gaps in information? As I recall, ACSOL sued the California DOJ (or CDCR) for failing to have accurate information on its registration website…. incorrect convictions, incorrect/ missing release dates, etc.
To the best of my knowledge, despite a settlement, the website still has numerous errors. I’m certain there are lots of errors in the Rhode Island registry website as well – and certainly they are the failures of the website’s keepers, not the registrants.
So yeah, why not provide additional funding for continued incompetence?? 🙄😡