Georgia House Subcommittee To Hear Testimony On Marsy’s Law Thursday

Georgia crime victims and family members will testify Thursday before a House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Subcommittee about their challenges in the criminal justice system as they advocate for House passage of Marsy’s Law (HR 1199), which would elevate crime victims’ rights to the state constitution.

“These witnesses all transitioned from victims to advocates who help the victims that come behind them,” said Ann Casas, the Georgia State Director for Marsy’s Law. “Now, they’re fighting for a policy that will fix some of the challenges and fears they faced in the criminal justice system. Defendants and convicts have constitutional rights, and Marsy’s Law gives victims equal rights.”

HR 1199, sponsored by Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta) and Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone), is a resolution to amend the state constitution. It would require a 2/3 vote in the House and Senate and then approval by Georgia voters at the general election.

Thursday’s hearing will take place in Room 606 CLOB, at 1:00 pm (or upon adjournment). Crime victims or surviving family members from Columbus, Marietta, Decatur, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Tyrone and Carrollton will appear before the subcommittee.