Edmond, OK (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
In October 2011, it was determined that Oklahoma as a state was not in “substantial compliance” with the Adam Walsh Act of 2006, (SORNA or Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) requirements, including three specific software application instances:
1) Employer address, school address, and required vehicle information is not displayed on the Oklahoma Public Registry;
2) Geographic radius search capabilities are nonexistent; and
3) An established procedure by which the public can be notified of an offender commencing residence, employment, or school attendance within a certain geographic region or zip code does not exist.
The need for a software application update was clear, and earlier this year the State of Oklahoma contracted LSG Solutions to implement the necessary adaptations to the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry website. The goal was to install the necessary technologies to bring the State of Oklahoma into “substantial compliance” while hitting a tight federal grant deadline, both of which were achieved.
Oklahoma citizens will enjoy two important features. First, is the ability to see the location of sex offenders via a Google maps interface, rather than relying on a text-based list of addresses. The updated mapping system allows individuals to search by address and specify a radius (in miles) around that address in which to show registered sex offenders’ locations. This search function and visual representation is far more efficient and user-friendly.
Second is the ability to sign up for notifications when a sex offender moves into a specified area. Oklahomans have the ability to enter one email address and up to five physical addresses to have monitored. Whenever there is any sex offender movement within the specified radius of each of those addresses, an email notification will be sent.
In addition to citizen benefits, the new software allows for additional law enforcement resourcefulness. Developed in 2001, the previous system relied on an antiquated web browser, Internet Explorer 6. Most law enforcement officers were unable to update the database themselves. Instead, updates were passed to the Sex Offenders Records Administration unit, who were frequently backlogged as a result. The new system enables more officers to update the data, which means current, more reliable information in the system.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections learned of available grant money to implement SORNA-compliance features by the end of August 2012, a very tight deadline for such an elaborate undertaking. LSG Solutions was selected for this project based on its past registry experience and its ability to competently recommend and utilize specific software development technologies that enable a much more rapid turnaround than other companies. Phase one began in May 2012 and ended three months later, enabling the system to go live the final weekend of August 2012. The dedicated efforts of the LSG Solutions team helped bring the State of Oklahoma towards compliance with SORNA, enabled law enforcement to perform specific duties more efficiently, and allowed citizens additional resourcefulness in protecting themselves and their families.
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