It is not often that blogger/podcast host/attorney Mark Small hits a home run on a public policy issue, but he nails it today with his criticism of Indiana's Amber Alert program.
The other night, I was awakened from a deep sleep when my phone suddenly began emitting a loud wailing alarm. I knew right away it wasn't the regular alarm I had set. Far too early. Was my or my neighbor's house on fire? Was a tornado about to hit my neighborhood? Had a murderer escaped and was roaming the northwest side of Indy?
None of the above. It was an Amber Alert...a child supposedly had been abducted in, as I recall, South Bend, Indiana, which is 2 1/2 hours north of Indianapolis. The alert gave a description of the child and the name of the supposed abductor, and the car the alleged abductor was thought to be driving. Not sure why they decided to wake up Indianapolis residents in the middle of the night to alert them to this information. At least, South Bend though is in Indiana. I have gotten Amber Alerts from Lexington, Kentucky.
Fortunately, I don't have any problem sleeping. But I know many people who struggle to get and stay asleep and, for them, an early morning alert means the end of their slumber.
According to the Indiana State Police, this is the Amber Alert criteria:
1. The child must be under 18 years of age.
2. The child must be believed to be abducted, AND in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
3. There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
4. Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
Here is Mark's article:
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