Approaching its 23rd season and 1000th milestone episode this fall, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED is one of network television's longest-running series and continues to be the No. 1 show on Saturday nights. Lauded by law enforcement organizations nationwide and internationally, this hour hosted by John Walsh has changed the lives of thousands of crime victims - and has put more than 1,000 perpetrators behind bars. The show is a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere.
Among its many accomplishments, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED has helped capture more than 1,060 criminals, including 17 on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The series has also reunited 55 missing children with their families, which is Walsh's proudest achievement.
In 2003, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED and John Walsh made national headlines for their determined efforts leading to the recovery of kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart. Later that year, Walsh joined President George W. Bush in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House as the PROTECT Act of 2003, which expanded the use of Amber Alerts, was signed into law. AMW again broadcast from the White House on July 29, 2006, two days after another Rose Garden ceremony at which President Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The result of years of lobbying by Walsh and others, the new law - signed on the 25th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Walsh's 6-year-old son, Adam - expands the National Sex Offender Registry and strengthens federal penalties for crimes against children. Additionally, Walsh continues his lobbying efforts pushing states to pass laws requiring the collection of a DNA sample from those arrested. So far, 18 states have passed such laws helping to populate the newly created National DNA Database.
Since its premiere in 1988, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED's primary focus has been to profile dangerous fugitives, and with the help of viewers, assist law enforcement with their relentless pursuit of justice.