42 U.S. Code § 5779 - Reporting requirement

(a) In general
Each Federal, State, and local law enforcement agency shall report each case of a missing child under the age of 21 reported to such agency to the National Crime Information Center of the Department of Justice.
(b) Guidelines
The Attorney General may establish guidelines for the collection of such reports including procedures for carrying out the purposes of this section and section 5780 of this title. [1]
(c) Annual summary
The Attorney General shall publish an annual statistical summary of the reports received under this section and section 5780 of this title.

[1]  See References in Text note below.


(Pub. L. 101–647, title XXXVII, § 3701,Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4966; Pub. L. 108–21, title II, § 204,Apr. 30, 2003, 117 Stat. 660.)
References in Text

This section and section 5780 of this title, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original “this Act”, and was translated as reading “this title”, meaning title XXXVII of Pub. L. 101–647, which enacted this section and section 5780 of this title, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.

Section was enacted as part of the Crime Control Act of 1990, and not as part of the Missing Children’s Assistance Act which comprises this subchapter, nor as part of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 which comprises this chapter.

2003—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–21substituted “age of 21” for “age of 18”.

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