Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration Tool (PA SORT)
The Sex Offender Registry Tool (SORT) is a sex offender management application provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to assist the states in implementing Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) registry system requirements. SORT, available to the states at no cost, was designed to make the sex offender registry system setup and maintenance process as efficient and effective as possible.
The Megan’s Law Modernization project team has worked extensively over the past year designing and customizing the SORT application, provided by the SMART Office, in order to integrate the separate pieces currently being used, and implementing Pennsylvania’s specific requirements to create one system (PA SORT) which interfaces with the state’s other law enforcement systems that meet SORNA compliance. This system will allow for the increase in the number of approved registration sites capable of performing registrations and verifications via an electronic registration process.