Harnett County First County Government to Formally Endorse Marsy’s Law for North Carolina

As part of the growing list of local communities in North Carolina announcing
support for Marsy’s Law, Harnett County’s commissioners became the first county government to formally endorse Marsy’s Law for North Carolina. In a unanimous vote of 5-0 on August 21, commissioners favored a proclamation supporting legislation to give North Carolina citizens a chance to vote in favor of equal rights for crime victims in the state constitution.

Harnett County Chairman Gordon Springle said, “We were glad to be able to pass this proclamation. Strengthening victims’ rights is a very important issue and we’re confident Marsy’s Law will do just that.”

North Carolina is one of a number of states that does not guarantee an equal level of rights for victims in the state constitution. While there are some specific victims’ rights protections currently in North Carolina, they are not always applied the same from county to county and there is not currently broad, enforceable language equally outlined across the state.

Marsy’s Law aims to give victims of crime a voice they do not currently have by law in the criminal justice process, and the safety and peace-of-mind to know their assailant has not been released without their knowledge.

This spring, Marsy’s Law legislation passed the North Carolina state House by an overwhelming bipartisan margin in April and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate. Following an upcoming vote in the Senate, the issue will then be sent to North Carolina voters next year to strengthen rights for victims in the
state constitution, giving victims of crime the dignity and respect they deserve.