Anchorage, AK – This Sunday, July 27,
2014 is the 8th anniversary of the signing of the Adam Walsh Child
Protection and Safety Act, by President George Bush.
Named for the 6 year old Adam Walsh who was kidnapped at a mall near his
Florida home and found murdered two weeks later, the Adam Walsh Act was made
into law on July 27, 2006. This event turned his father John Walsh (host of
America’s Most Wanted) into one of the nation’s top victims’ advocates. The
purpose of the act is to protect the public, in particular children, from
violent sex offenders via a more comprehensive, nationalized system for
registration of sex offenders. The act calls for all states to conform to
various aspects of sex offender registration, including information that
must be collected and duration of registration requirements for
classifications of offenders and makes failing to register as federal crime.
The new law also established a new federal crime (18 USC § 2250) which
subjects sex offenders who knowing fail to register (or keep their
registration current) up to ten years of imprisonment in the event that they
travel in interstates or foreign commerce.
The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the lead agency assigned with
assisting jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who
violate sex offender registration requirements and charging individuals with
18 USC § 2250.
The U.S. Marshals Service- Sex Offender Investigations Branch performs three
distinct missions pursuant to the Act:
1. Assisting state, local, tribal and
territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of
non-compliant sex offenders;
2. Investigating violations of the Adam
Walsh Act and related offense; and
3. Assisting in the identification and
location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.
To ensure compliance with the sex offender
registry and to avoid duplication of effort, the U.S. Marshals works closely
with the State of
Alaska, Sex Offender/ Child Kidnapping Registry, local law enforcement
counterparts, the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children; the DOJ Sex Offender Sentencing,
Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) office and U.S.
In Alaska, a sex offender who lives, works or attends school must register:
- By the next working day following
conviction for a sex offense or child kidnapping, if not incarcerated at
the time of the conviction.
- Before release from an in state
correctional facility, if incarcerated for a sex offense or child
A sex offender who moves to Alaska from
another jurisdiction must register:
- By the next working day of becoming
physically present in the state
The U.S. Marshals Service, Alaska State
Troopers and local law enforcement have conducted numerous operations
focusing on sex offender compliance checks, warrant arrests and
re-registering non-compliant offenders throughout Alaska.
Also available is a video and audio public
service announcement from John Walsh pertaining to sex offenders registering
on time (available upon request).
about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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