Connecting With Those We Serve
Each week, I continue to travel across the state to meet with victims and advocates on behalf of Marsy’s Law for Kentucky and, each week, I continue to hear stories that illustrate the glaring inequality that exists in our criminal justice system, as victims in our state do not have rights enshrined in the constitution, while the accused and convicted do. This means that the rights of the victim can be trumped at any time by the constitutionally protected rights of the accused and convicted – and this must be addressed.
Last week, legislators in Frankfort did just that, by voting to move Kentucky one step closer to ensuring equality for crime victims. With a vote of 34-1, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 175 – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky – sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. This legislation would give Kentuckians the opportunity to establish a Victims’ Bill of Rights in the state Constitution.
Last week’s vote was a major milestone for our efforts! Our legislation now moves on to the House.
I also had the opportunity to spend a full day last week on location with several of our advocates and supporters for a video shoot. This was an incredibly exciting and emotional day for me, and for those who continue to be so involved with our efforts. I had the opportunity to connect with those who have been victims of crime, learning more about their stories and deepening my understanding of the profound importance of this legislation.
I cannot thank these advocates and supporters enough for their dedication to this work. I look forward to continuing to build momentum in Frankfort and across the state and am anxious to share more news about the progress of our efforts over the coming weeks.
– Kristena Morse, Marsy’s Law Kentucky State Director