Amber Hangerman Child Protection Act Law and Legal Definition

Amber Hagerman Child Protection Act is a U.S. statute signed into law in October 1996 by President Bill Clinton. Congressman Martin Frost proposed the “Amber Hagerman Child Protection Act. The Act provides for creation of the National Sex Offender Registry. It requires life in prison without parole for two-time sex offenders whose victims are children. The names of judges whose sentences falls below federal guidelines are to be reported the Congress. The Act also provides for manual reporting to news stations for instantly alerting the entire community to assist in the search for a child who is has been abducted. However, at present through the help of agencies such as the Child Alert Foundation, the system is now automated. The Act is named after Amber Rene Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered in 1996. The AMBER Alert is also the legacy of Amber Hagerman.