Two More Nevada Sheriffs Speak Up for Victims’ Rights


September 8, 2017  ***MEDIA ADVISORY***


Two More Nevada Sheriffs Speak Up for Victims’ Rights

Two new additions to the list of Nevada law enforcement leaders uniting for increased victims’ rights in the Silver State. Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter and Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen this week signed the endorsement for Marsy’s Law for Nevada.

Sheriff Ben Trotter moved to Churchill County in 1995 to join the Fallon Police Department. His law enforcement career includes working a wide range of criminal cases as a Patrol Officer and Sergeant, and as a Detective in the Investigations Division.  Trotter was elected to the post of Churchill County Sheriff in 2011.  “Our system is built around the protections granted to the accused. Any effort to make a priority of the concerns of victims is well worth the work. Thank you for supporting the rights of victims and for allowing me an opportunity to support those efforts, as well,” said Sheriff Trotter in his letter to advocates.

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen is a sixth-generation Winnemuccan. In 1983, he started his law enforcement career with the local Police Department where he worked for six years before transferring to Elko and the Nevada Division of Investigations. He has served as Commander of a multi-agency Humboldt-Pershing Narcotics Unit, developed a respected law enforcement training and professional standards plan, helped oversee major NDI criminal cases and terrorism investigations statewide, and served as Director of the Nevada Threat Analysis Center. Allen returned to his hometown in 2015 to serve the citizens as Sheriff of Humboldt County.

We thank Sheriff Allen and Sheriff Trotter along with fellow lawmakers, civic leaders, victims, advocacy groups and citizens across Nevada for voicing their support for Marsy’s Law for Nevada. This measure will guarantee the victims of crime receive guaranteed consideration through the judicial process. Marsy’s Law has secured two consecutive approvals from Nevada lawmakers in 2015 and 2017. Residents of Nevada will have the right to vote on the question in November 2018.


Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims.  It’s just fair.


SJR 17 would ensure the:

  • Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims
  • Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process
  • Right to be protected from the defendant
  • Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case
  • Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case
  • Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case
  • Right to full and timely restitution

History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983.  A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail.  Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in Illinois, California, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

Senate Joint Resolution 17  

SJR 17 was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment.  The measure will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in 2018 as a ballot question.