On average, more than 28 million Americans are victims of crime each year. Violent crimes including assault, rape, robbery and murder account for about 25% of all crime. In addition to the offense itself, the costs to most victims are great. These costs include medical and psychological injuries that may require surgery, rehabilitation and therapy, as well as lost property and wages. The financial cost to society of all crimes has been estimated to be about $350 billion each year. Every state now has a crime victim compensation fund to provide financial assistance to victims and their families, as does our federal government. As of Sept. 2013, the balance of our Crime Victims Fund was nearly $9 billion â€“ financed by federal criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds and other penalties. Victim advocates wish to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose.
H.R.1624 – Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current crime victim assistance policy and wish to defeat H.R.1624
I support prohibiting the consideration of any legislation that would authorize the use of amounts in the Crime Victims Fund for a purpose not authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, and wish to pass H.R.1624