If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to assist in locating a missing adult, please do so immediately. For additional assistance, visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials, and the general public to solve these cases. To enter a missing persons report into the NamUs database, visit the registration page.
Additionally, Ashanti Alerts provide for rapid dissemination of information about adults who have been reported missing along with suspect information in cases of suspected abduction. Learn more about these Alerts on the National Ashanti Alert Network section of the Bureau of Justice Assistance website.
The number of missing or unidentified persons is available in Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics, available on the National Crime Information Center section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation site.
See the following websites for additional information about efforts to locate missing and identify located individuals:
The Reentry section of the National Institute of Justice website and the Bureau of Justice Assistance-supported National Reentry Resource Center website capture a number of resources, articles, and more related to the reentry of individuals to their communities. Also visit the Corrections & Reentry section of the CrimeSolutions website for access to important research on the effectiveness of a variety of reentry programs and practices.
For information about juvenile reentry, see these resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:
- Youth Reentry and Family Engagement
- Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections or Treatment Programs
- Model Programs Guide: Implementation Guide: Juvenile Reentry Programs
You can find additional information and resources in our Reentry Special Feature.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website provides access to information about programs and efforts aimed at improving the justice system's response to people with mental illness. Following are examples of BJA-supported efforts:
Information about and access to findings from Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recidivism studies is available on the Recidivism and Reentry section of the BJS website. Also see BJS's Prisoner Recidivism Data Analysis Tool, which you can use to calculate recidivism rates for persons released from state prisons in 2005.
The Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is Liz Ryan.
The Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance is Karhlton F. Moore.
The Director of the National Institute of Justice is Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D.
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