Award Date

1-1-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Randall Shelden

Number of Pages

53

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Abducted; Alert; Amber; Analysis; Children; Critical; Missing; System; Amber Alert

Controlled Subject

Criminology

File Format

pdf

File Size

1402.88 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/19oi-ta30


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