CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 45 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) on February 9, 2009.
H.Res. 45 resolves that:
• "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that National Criminal Justice Month provides an opportunity to educate Americans on the criminal justice system; and Americans should be aware of the causes and consequences of crime, how to prevent crime, and how to respond to crime; and
• "The House of Representatives urges policymakers, criminal justice officials, educators, victim service providers, nonprofits, community leaders, and others to promote awareness of how to prevent and respond to crime through National Criminal Justice Month."
According to the resolution's findings, there are approximately three million Americans employed within the justice system. Additionally, approximately seven million adults are currently on probation, parole, or incarcerated in the criminal justice system in the United States. The cost of crime to individuals, communities, businesses, and the various levels of government in this country exceeds the billions of dollars spent each year in administering the criminal justice system. Crime rates in the United States have dropped since the early 1990s.
The purpose of National Criminal Justice month is to educate the public on how to prevent crimes and how to call for help. Websites such as the National Crime Prevention Council help to provide tips to both children and adults on how to remain safe on a day to day basis.