Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) continued to raise awareness of victims rights issues and offer his support to various law enforcement agencies throughout the month of March. Congressman Poes Resolution designating March 2008 as National Criminal Justice Month overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives.

H. Res. 945, encourages community leaders and organizations to educate and to promote discussion on the causes and consequences of crime, as well as how to prevent and respond to crime.

Our nations criminal justice system impacts everyone, said Poe. As founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, I believe that it is important to recognize that criminals are not the only ones affected by the criminal justice system. Victims are forced into the system and the impact on their lives by the experience is life-altering.

Each year, individuals, communities, businesses, and all levels of government spend billions of dollars administering the criminal justice system, continued Poe. The cost of crime is not cheap. The aftermath of crime is not cheap. Yet the price is worth it to ensure order, safety, and appropriate punishment for those who fail to follow the law. It is our hope that raising the awareness of the causes of crime and the consequences we all face will aid in the prevention of crime in our communities.

Congressman Poe highlighted the month by serving as the keynote speaker at the California Homicide Investigators Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada; was this months speaker at the North Harris County Criminal Justice Association; and was represented at various law enforcement events throughout the 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Poe is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. As a former criminal court judge and prosecutor for over 30 years in Houston, Texas, Poe is recognized nationally for his creative sentencing of criminals and as a dedicated advocate for victims and children.