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[H. Con. Res. 75 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

        H.Con. Res.75
                                         Agreed to June 15, 1998        

                       One Hundred Fifth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the twenty-seventh day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-
                                  eight


                          Concurrent Resolution

Whereas a disturbing number of law-abiding citizens believe, they are 
  prisoners in their own homes because of increasing violence in our 
  society;

Whereas law-abiding citizens have the right to be fearful knowing that 
  violent offenders only serve on average 48 percent of the sentence 
  they received;

Whereas more, than two-thirds of the persons under correctional 
  supervision are currently on parole and not incarcerated;

Whereas one in three offenders admitted to State prisons were on 
  probation or parole violators;

Whereas the Federal Government eliminated parole in 1984 and prisoners 
  convicted of Federal crimes now serve at least 85 percent of their 
  sentences;

Whereas under current Federal law, States are eligible for prison 
  construction funds if they keep felons in prison for at least 85 
  percent of their sentence;

Whereas in 1996, at least 25 States, among them Arizona, California, 
  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, 
  Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, 
  North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South 
  Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, have laws that 
  meet the 85 percent of sentence served requirements set forth in the 
  1994 crime bill; and

Whereas the National Association of Police Organizations, the 
  International Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police, the 
  National Association of Chiefs of Police, the National District 
  Attorney's Association, and the Safe Streets Coalition support the 
  concept of an 85 percent minimum length of service for violent 
  criminals: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That it is the sense of the Congress that--
        (1) Congress commends Arizona, California, Connecticut, 
    Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, 
    Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North 
    Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, 
    Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington for their existing 
    efforts with respect to prison time served by criminal offenders;
        (2) Congress encourages all remaining States to adopt as 
    quickly as possible legislation to increase the time served by 
    violent felons; and
        (3) with respect to Federal crimes, Congress reemphasizes its 
    support for the requirement that individuals who commit violent 
    crimes should serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.
  Attest:

                                 Clerk of the House of Representatives.

  Attest:

                                               Secretary of the Senate.