Though the once-popular TV show "America's Most Wanted" has
been canceled, host John Walsh still seeks public forums in which to air
Last weekend, Walsh visited New Jersey to talk about child safety and to
criticize the state for not being fully in compliance with the
sex offender registry guidelines in the Adam Walsh Act.
The Walsh Act was named after John Walsh's son, Adam, who was abducted
and murdered in 1981.
"New Jersey has not deemed it important enough to pass the legislation,"
he said. "What the hell is New Jersey waiting for?"
The Adam Walsh Act was made law in 2006. It requires a national sex offender
registry that ranks offenders. Offenders in the highest of the three ranks
would be required to provide their address to law enforcement officials
every three months for life.
Those in the middle tier would have to provide an address every six months
for 25 years. Those ranked as least dangerous would have to update their
information annually for 15 years.
Depending on the offense, some New Jersey sex offenders are already required
to verify their addresses every three months. Others must only do it once per year.
Regardless, the Adam Walsh Act requires states to enact specific legislation
before it can be implemented. According to Patch.com, only seven states
are in compliance with the law's requirements.
The law would also require states to take DNA swabs whenever someone is
arrested. The information would then be entered into a national DNA database.
Walsh said about half of all states have implemented that portion of the
Walsh Act; New Jersey is not among them.
Many civil liberties advocates oppose implementation of the Walsh Act,
saying it will infringe upon privacy rights and liberties.
Source: Patch.com: "'America's Most Wanted' Host Calls for New
State Laws During Union County Speech" by John Celock: May 17, 2011