ICYMI: “Possible Measure To Strengthen Crime Victims Rights”

The Attorney General’s office on Monday released official language for a ballot petition aimed at strengthening rights for crime victims.

The initiated constitutional amendment could expand the right’s state laws offer crime victims and place them into the state constitution.

“South Dakota is one of 18 states that don’t have constitutional rights for crime victims and we want to change that,” said Jason Glodt, the amendment’s author.

Glodt is the state director of Marsy’s Law, an organization dedicate to strengthen victim’s rights nationally.

The sponsor has until Nov. 9 to get 27,741 signatures needed to have the measure placed on the November 2016 ballot.

The initiative would address victim’s protection from harassment or abuse; the rights to privacy; timely notice of all trial, sentence and post-judgment proceeding including pardon or parole; the right to confer with the attorney for the government; and the opportunity to provide input during all phases of criminal justice process.

“I support a victim’s right to be heard and to be free from harassment and abuse from defendants,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said.