Americas Most Wanted has been one of the most popular shows on television for the past 20 years and has played a role in capturing well over 1,000 criminals. Many viewers are well aware of the fact that the host and creative mind behind the show, John Walsh, has his own tragic crime in the history of his family. On July 27, 1981 John’s son Adam was abducted and murdered by a complete stranger. This tragedy led to not only the creation of the hit television show but also to how the country handles convicted sex offenders with a new law that was signed into effect exactly by then President Bush 25 years later in 2006.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act as it is called created the national sex offender registry, which anyone who is convicted of a sex crime must be placed upon their release from prison. This legislation created a tier system for sex offenders with there being three tiers those offenders can be placed on depending on the crime they were convicted for. Each tier has a time period in which the offender must remain registered and also stipulates how often they should re-register for the list. Failure to do so no matter what tier the individual is on will result in felony charges.

The list of sexual based offenders is made available to the public so that parents and concerned citizens can access the information and find if a registered offender is in their area. This can make protecting children from child abductors and predators even easier so that stories such as that of Adam Walsh do not have to be repeated again. Parents are encouraged to check the list in their area and use child locator devices and other protective means to help keep their child safe and happy.