Sheriff Support Continues to Grow in Counties Across NC

The number of North Carolina sheriffs supporting Marsy’s Law legislation to strengthen victims rights in the state constitution continues to grow. So far, nearly a third of North Carolina sheriffs have endorsed Marsy’s Law victims’ rights legislation currently being considered in the General Assembly.

This is perhaps the most important support for the growing victims’ right movement – having local law enforcement, sheriffs, signal the need to strengthen rights for victims.

Sheriffs are on the frontlines of crime and see its impact on a daily basis. They are the first responders to crime – helping protect victims in the immediate aftermath, taking criminals into custody and offering the first step of protection to victims, or in more solemn circumstances, notifying families if a murder occurred. Sheriffs’ offices often take on the added tasks of helping victims understand the process and notifying them of custody, even though North Carolina law does not guarantee it or require those steps.

Marsy’s Law will make law what so many in law enforcement already do on their own – and guarantee it in the state constitution. And many North Carolina sheriffs understand the critical need for that guarantee by law:

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie:

“As proud as I am to serve as Sheriff of Dare County, one of the toughest parts is to see violent crime first-hand. My team is the first in line to respond when a crime occurs – protecting the community, searching for and arresting the accused and helping the victim left behind. Crimes are often violent in nature, leaving victims physically and emotionally vulnerable. Marsy’s Law is needed in North Carolina – to make sure that victims are protected and given the rights they deserve.

I ask our state leaders to vote their conscience as if this was one of their friends or loved ones to make sure they pass Marsy’s Law so that victims have equal right in NC.”

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson:

“During my 26 years in law enforcement, as a paramedic, and as sheriff, I have long been an advocate for victims. Unfortunately, I have seen the reality of crime – sometimes violent crime – on victims, their families, and our community. Marsy’s Law will give victims of crime equal rights they don’t currently have in the state constitution.

I urge state lawmakers to support Marsy’s Law, and give North Carolina’s victims the dignity and peace of mind they deserve.”