Marsy’s Law Names Sen. Danny Carroll and Rep. Steven Rudy as McCracken County Campaign Chairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2017
MARSY’S LAW NAMES SEN. DANNY CARROLL AND REP. STEVEN RUDY AS MCCRACKEN COUNTY CAMPAIGN CHAIRS
Influential local voices join campaign for crime victims’ constitutional rights
PADUCAH, Ky. (August 29, 2017) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is honored to announce the appointment of three local leaders to help guide the crime victims’ rights campaign to success in 2018. State Senator Danny Carroll, State Representative Steven Rudy and Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Lori Brown will be leading the charge for Marsy’s Law in McCracken County.
“Crime victims deserve more protection and I know my constituents wholeheartedly agree,” State Sen. Danny Carroll said. “I look forward to contributing to the momentum Marsy’s Law has already established in Kentucky and bringing it to passage in 2018.”
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.
“It is an honor to join so many prominent leaders from the Commonwealth in support of this necessary and important amendment,” State Rep. Steven Rudy said. “With the passage of Marsy’s Law, we can help ensure that no victim ever feels re-victimized by the criminal justice system.”
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky has the bipartisan support of elected officials, judges, law enforcement officials and advocacy groups. Kentucky voters also strongly favor Marsy’s Law, with recent surveys showing Marsy’s law has 80% support statewide. Marsy’s Law is expected to be a priority bill for both chambers in the 2018 General Assembly.
“We work with victims and see the emotional and physical reactions caused by the lack of protection and input into our criminal justice system,” Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Lori Brown said. “I’m honored to be chosen as a chair and look forward to helping give victims a much-needed voice within the criminal justice system.”
“Marsy’s Law for Kentucky will continue launching leadership teams in counties across the Commonwealth and is adding more advocates and supporters to our growing organization all the time,” Marsy’s Law State Director Ashlea Christiansen said. “We thank these local leaders for their willingness to lend their support to raise awareness of Marsy’s Law in McCracken County.”
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, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.