Marsy’s Law Heads Into 2018 Session With Overwhelming, Statewide Support
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December 19, 2017
MARSY’S LAW HEADS INTO 2018 SESSION WITH OVERWHELMING, STATEWIDE SUPPORT
Thousands of Kentuckians and advocates call for General Assembly to pass the victims’ rights bill in 2018
Louisville, Ky. (December 19, 2017) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky, an effort supporting constitutional rights for crime victims, continues to gain momentum going into the legislative session. With more than 35,000 Kentuckians, prominent local leaders, organizations, and advocates urging the General Assembly to pass Marsy’s Law, the victims’ bill of rights will be a priority in 2018.
“We have an impressive and ever-expanding coalition of victims, advocates, and state leaders who are demanding that Kentucky victims be given a voice in the judicial process,” Marsy’s Law for Kentucky State Director Ashlea Christiansen said. “This is the year to pass Marsy’s Law and take a stand for crime victims across Kentucky.”
Kentucky is one of only 15 states without constitutional-level rights for victims of crime. If adopted by Kentucky voters in November 2018, Marsy’s Law would amend Kentucky’s constitution to ensure crime victims have the right to a voice in the judicial process, the right to be present in judicial hearings and the right to be made aware of upcoming hearings or changes in their offenders’ status.
“This is necessary, commonsense legislation with widespread support from all across Kentucky,” Marsy’s Law Senate Bill Sponsor Sen. Whitney Westerfield said. “Just as the accused have important, protected rights, victims also deserve to be given consideration and dignity in the judicial process. Our northern neighbors in Ohio overwhelmingly supported and passed Marsy’s law this year, and it’s time we do the same.”
Kentucky voters also strongly favor Marsy’s Law, with recent surveys showing nearly 80% of Kentuckians support amending the state constitution to ensure equal rights for crime victims.
A list of the victims’ advocates, law enforcement, and organizations that endorse Marsy’s Law can be found here. With the support of these endorsers and the 35,000-plus petition signers, Marsy’s Law is one step closer to providing a fair and balanced criminal justice system to Kentucky crime victims and their families.
About Marsy’s Law for Kentucky
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is an advocate-driven effort to incorporate a victims’ bill of rights in the state constitution. Kentucky is one of only 15 states that do not provide crime victims with constitutional-level protections. To learn more or if you would like to sign the petition and add your “purple pin” to the map, you can do so here. Those wishing to join the coalition can do so here. Please visit www.marsyslaw.us, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.