Separating Myth From Fact – Volume 3
Welcome to the third post in our series which seeks to present the facts about Marsy’s Law for Montana and correct some of the misinformation that we’ve encountered. You can view our last post here.
Myth #5: Marsy’s Law for Montana will be costly for the state and local governments.
The best guide is the experience of other states. Prosecutors in states that have enacted Marsy’s Law have reported negligible costs associated with implementing it. More than 30 states have constitutional rights for victims, many very similar to Marsy’s Law.
More to the point, shouldn’t victims’ rights be a budget priority? Providing strong rights to people who have been victimized by crime should be a primary function of government.
Myth #6: Elevating the rights of victims to the Constitutional level will diminish the rights of the accused.
Rights are not a zero-sum game—giving victims co-equal rights does not diminish the rights of the accused. Marsy’s Law for Montana does not diminish the rights of defendants in any way.
Please check back again soon to learn more facts about Marsy’s Law for Montana and visit our page to find out how you can get involved!