Office of Justice Programs

Juvenile Registration

Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), requires that jurisdictions include juveniles adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses in their registries (see 42 U.S.C. ยง 16911(8)). The Department of Justice has released additional guidelines regarding juveniles to aid jurisdictions in implementing the law.

Attorney General Guidelines

Supplemental Guidelines for Juvenile Registration Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

The Attorney General issued these Supplemental Juvenile Registration Guidelines to provide guidance regarding the substantial implementation of the juvenile registration requirement under SORNA.

Effective Date: August 1, 2016

Summary: When determining if a jurisdiction has substantially implemented SORNA, the SMART Office can consider several factors, including a jurisdiction’s policies and practices to 1) prosecute as adults juveniles who commit serious sex offenses, 2) register juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex offenses and 3) track, monitor or manage juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex offenses.

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Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

The Attorney General issued these Supplemental Guidelines to address a number of issues related to implementation of the SORNA requirements, including public notification of juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious sex crimes.

Summary: Regarding juvenile registration, jurisdictions are not required to publicly disclose information concerning sex offenders required to register on the basis of juvenile delinquent adjudications.

Effective date: Jan. 11, 2011

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National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

The Attorney General issued these National Guidelines to interpret and implement SORNA, providing jurisdictions with guidance, explanation and advice regarding the administration and implementation of SORNA. Effective date: July 2, 2008

Summary: For the purposes of SORNA, the law requires jurisdictions to register juveniles who were at least 14 years old and adjudicated delinquent for an attempted, conspired or completed offense that involves a “sexual act” by force, threat of serious violence or rendering the victim unconscious or drugged.

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Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006

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