Marsy’s Law for South Dakota Launches Statewide Radio Ad Campaign Supporting Amendment S

September 1, 2016

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jason Glodt
Cell Phone: 605.280.7767
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Marsy’s Law for South Dakota Launches Statewide Radio Ad Campaign Supporting Amendment S

(Pierre, SD)—Marsy’s Law for South Dakota, the campaign behind Amendment S to add a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights to the South Dakota Constitution, will begin a six-figure, statewide radio advertising push starting this week.

“Over 53,000 South Dakotans signed the petition to put Amendment S on the ballot in November,” said Marsy’s Law for South Dakota State Director and former Assistant Attorney General Jason Glodt.  “Now we want to make sure that South Dakotans have a full understanding of what Marsy’s Law is and how it will ensure equal rights for crime victims.”

The sixty-second radio spot emphasizes how Marsy’s Law will empower crime victims in South Dakota by granting new Constitutional rights, including the right to be notified of court proceedings, to be heard at those proceedings, and to be guaranteed restitution.

If Marsy’s Law, Amendment S, is enacted in November, South Dakota will become the 33rd state to grant Constitutional rights to victims of crime.

Recent polling shows the more information voters have about Marsy’s Law, the more likely they are to support it. Even after voters hear the likely back-and-forth messaging points on either side of Amendment S, nearly three-quarters of South Dakota voters say they’d vote yes with a margin of 74%-18%.

“South Dakota has some of the weakest crime victim rights in the nation,” Glodt, “Voters in South Dakota believe that crime victims in our state deserve constitutional protections equal to their offenders.”

Marsy’s Law for South Dakota is a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights that is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Ann Nicholas. Marsy was a beautiful, vibrant college student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only a week after Marsy was murdered, her mother Marcella and her brother Nick walked into a grocery store after visiting her daughter’s grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. They had no idea that he had been released on bail.