I was watching the movie Ransom (1996), and in that movie... SPOILER Mel Gibson's character's son is kidnapped. He knows that his son will not be returned alive likely, so he puts out a 4 million dollar bounty on the kidnappers (dead or alive as he says it), rather than pay the ransom. This gives me an idea for story premise I have, but I was wondering, under what laws can you put a dead or a alive bounty on a criminal, or in this case a criminal suspect, since people are innocent till proven guilty, in the law? Like if someone is suspected of kidnapping or murder, can you put the bounty out then? Does a person's life have to be at risk for it be legal? If not, does the criminal already have to proven of something serious like murder, and maybe the police just haven't found him yet? The movie is set in modern times so I am guessing not much has changed since the 90s?