Marsy’s Law For South Dakota Applauds AG Opinion On New Law


December 5, 2016

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Marsy’s Law For South Dakota Applauds AG Opinion On New Law  

Pierre, SD – Marsy’s Law for South Dakota issued the following statement regarding the conclusions set forth in the Attorney General Opinion which concludes state and local governments may release auto accident reports, street addresses where crimes have occurred, the names of victims in crime report logs, and law enforcement radio traffic without violating the law.

“We are extremely pleased with the Attorney General’s Opinion on Marsy’s Law implementation,” said Jason Glodt, State Director for Marsy’s Law for South Dakota. “The Opinion is consistent with what we have argued since the beginning of our campaign, that Marsy’s Law affords right and gives victims the choice of asserting them. It is also consistent with our argument that Marsy’s Law does not prevent the automatic release of public information like accident reports and crime report logs. 

“We are grateful for the work of the Attorney General and the Task Force for their efforts to provide guidance for the implementation of Marsy’s Law for South Dakota so that crime victims and all citizens understand the new law,” Glodt concluded.     

Marsy’s Law is a bipartisan cause. Providing crime victims with constitutional protections is one of the rare political causes that both Republicans and Democrats have been unified in supporting. Marsy’s Law has already been passed and already become law in both California and Illinois. In Illinois, Marsy’s Law passed by an overwhelming 78%, the largest margin of victory for any constitutional amendment since Illinois’ inception as a state.

In November 2016, voters in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana overwhelmingly passed Marsy’s Law in their states.

Marsy’s Law is a constitutional amendment for victims’ rights that would guarantee equal rights to crime victims. Under Marsy’s Law, victims and their families receive information about their rights and the services available to them. They have the right to receive notification of proceedings and major developments in the criminal case. They have the right to receive timely notifications of changes to the offender’s custodial status. Victims and their families have the right to be present at court proceedings and to provide input to the prosecutor before a plea agreement is finalized. They have the right to be heard at plea or sentencing proceedings or any process that may result in the offender’s release. Finally, they have the right to restitution.

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