Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Originally created from the reaction of a child abducted and murdered by a stranger, the AMBER alert system has since been utilized for a wide variety of child abduction episodes. The AMBER alert system has the potential to provide millions of citizens with descriptive information about a missing or abducted child in the hopes that the child can be successfully recovered by utilizing a wide array of communication mediums. This current study examined a sample of AMBER alerts issued in twelve states during the year 2005. Among the key findings include the fact that the vast majority of AMBER alerts concerned abductions by family members, rather than the stereotypical stranger abductions. This study discusses the findings and provides policy implications for future use of the AMBER alert system.
Abducted; Alert; Amber; Analysis; Children; Critical; Missing; System; Amber Alert
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Smoll, Michael John, "Missing and abducted children: A critical analysis of the Amber Alert system" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1979.