Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude and, following in that tradition, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky has so much for which to be thankful. Our efforts have been very well received and supported by our state legislators. They believe that the 275,000+ constituents who are victimized each year haven’t chosen that role and, therefore, deserve a voice and fairness in the justice process.
We have the support of our state prosecutors, who strongly believe in a balanced and respectful judicial system. We have the support of numerous, reputable advocacy groups around the state who have added their voices to the demand for equivalent legal protection for crime victims. We have the support of community volunteers who have stepped forward and offered their time and talents to aid in passing Marsy’s Law. And we have the support of a multitude of individuals across our Commonwealth who believe that crime victims should be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.
“Compassion” is defined in the dictionary as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. As I travel around our beautiful state meeting with folks, explaining our efforts and seeing the passion in their eyes for this movement, I’m struck by how incredibly compassionate we are as a Commonwealth. And I am so thankful.
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