Saturday, November 3, 2012
PA - Adam Walsh Act becomes an Unfunded Mandate (Video)
John Shott, new CJAB coordinator, and Adult Probation Chief Sally Barry (Email) presented a $3,329 grant to update software in order to help implement the Adam Walsh Act and Megan's Law. While the State Police will send letters to all currently registered sex offenders, it will be up to the County to register new offenders, which will take 45 minutes-1 hour, in order to collect fingerprints, photographs, DNA...at Central Booking, the only approved County site other than the State Police. It would not be cost effective to transport offenders in County custody to the State Police. If an offender is currently under supervision of a County APO, they shall collect the registration information and forward to the PA State Police. Since Central Booking has the needed $30,000 Clean Machine, it would be impractical to book offenders at Adult Probation or the prison. This unfunded mandate will add another burden to a department that costs the County $500,000 annually while bringing in less than $300,000 annually. Further, the reporting requirements of the Act are retroactive for all offenders. Finally, new offenses like open lewdness and statutory sexual assault must be documented. The Act takes effect 60 days from December 20, 2012.
Location: Lebanon, PA, USA