President signs Amber Alert into U.S. law

President signs Amber Alert into U.S. law

President Bush enacted a national Amber Alert law by signing S 151 into Public Law 108-21.

The law requires the Justice Department to award grants to states that make 50 percent matches for the establishment of programs. More than 40 states have already enacted Amber Alert legislation, but could use federal funds to upgrade and improve their programs.

The first grant money would be available after Sept. 30.

The law has provisions to bolster the child abduction alert system and stiffen penalties for sex crimes against children.

It mandates a life sentence for a three-strikes offender, lifetime probation for a predator conviction and limits judicial discretion in sentencing pedophiles.

Inf.: http://thomas.loc; S 151.

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