The Proposed Missing Children and Serial Murder Tracking Program Is Not Eligible for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Special Emphasis Funds

Gao ID: GGD-84-7 November 16, 1983

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a proposal to fund a Missing Children and Serial Murder Tracking Program to determine whether it is eligible for funding under the special emphasis funds of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

The primary goal of the proposed program is to prevent serial murders of abducted juveniles and adults by developing a model for a national computerized system to identify and locate missing and abducted persons and victims of serial murders. GAO determined that the proposed program is not eligible for special emphasis funding because a direct connection has not been demonstrated between the program's primary purposes and the prevention of juvenile delinquency. However, certain secondary program elements dealing with research related to child exploitation are eligible for funding under another section of the act. GAO found that the Department of Justice does not plan to use special emphasis funds for the program, but has approved a related research project funded by other sources.

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