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The Criminal Justice System's Response to Parental Abduction
(NCJ 186160) December 2001
Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Grasso, K. L., Sedlak, A. J., Chiancone, J. L., Gragg, F., Schultz, D., Ryan, J. F.
Summarizes findings of a study conducted for OJJDP by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law and Westat to assess the criminal justice system's response to parental abduction. Parental abduction is a crime in all 50 States and in the District of Columbia and, in most cases, constitutes a felony. The study highlighted in this OJJDP Bulletin reviewed all stages of the criminal justice system's response to this crime, including the reporting of the abduction, the investigation of the case, the finding and recovery of the victim, and the criminal prosecution of the perpetrator or perpetrators.
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