Status of Marsy's Law in South Dakota
Marsy’s Law was the first ballot question to be validated and certified by the Secretary of State and the first officially approved to appear on the November 2016 ballot. Since that time, South Dakotans across the state worked to inform voters as to why they should “Vote Yes On S.” Attending over 100 events and meetings over the course of the campaign, including the lighting of the Falls of the Big Sioux River purple for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the issue of crime victims’ rights was brought to the forefront in the Mount Rushmore State.
Amendment S received many endorsements, including Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore and State Representative Lance Russell. As was the case in other states, many victims and advocates spoke out in favor of Marsy’s Law for South Dakota and polling was strong with up to 84% of South Dakotans in support.
Marsy’s Law was officially passed by voters on November 8, 2016, with 60% of South Dakotans voting in favor of the constitutional amendment.
Every day, across our country people suffer at the hands of criminals. Then they suffer again – as victims, thrust into the complex judicial system and to navigate an unfamiliar court process. Marsy’s Law proposes a Constitutional Amendment securing permanent, enforceable rights of victims, but we need your help to move forward.
Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?
According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), South Dakota Experienced 3,289 Violent Crimes In 2015.
- In 2015, There Were 32 Murders And Nonnegligent Manslaughters.
- In 2015 There Were 495 Rapes.
- In 2015 There Were 216 Robberies.
- In 2015 There Were 2,546 Aggravated Assaults.
Source: 2015 Crime In The United States, State Totals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Website, 9/26/16