Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act

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Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act 


An Act intended to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse and pornography, promote Internet safety, and honour Adam Walsh and other child crime victims.

The Act was signed into law by GW Bush in 2006. It slots sex offenders into three tiers, mandating that Tier 3 offenders (the worst) update their address every 3 months for life, Tier 2s must do so every 6 months for 25 years; Tier 1s must do so every year for 15 years. Failure to register and update information is a felony under the Act.

The Act is named for Adam John Walsh (1974 -1981), an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store in Hollywood, Florida and later found murdered and decapitated. His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and the host of the television program America’s Most Wanted, a program which has saved countless lives by helping track down violent criminals. 

Formal name Pub L 109-248 


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