North Carolina's General Assembly passed Marsy's Law - the constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to victims of crime during the last week of the legislative session. The amendment needed to pass 3/5 of both chambers of the General Assembly to be placed on the November ballot for voters to decide. Marsy's Law gained significantly more votes than needed in both chambers - with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 45-1 in the Senate and 107-9 in the House.
The Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma team has been hard at work recruiting support across the state to expand victims’ rights. We have recently met with elected officials, district attorney staff, crime victim advocates, non-profit leaders and community activists to discuss SQ 794. We joined Juneteenth celebrations, potluck dinners and recently spoke at the Oklahoma State Trooper Association state meeting and to faith leaders at the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.
When a crime occurs, there is often no telling how long it will take for the victims to see justice. Some trials take months, and some take years. But no matter how long the criminal justice process takes, the trauma experienced by crime victims and their families doesn’t end when the perpetrator is sent to prison. Victims and their families can see lifelong physical, emotional, psychological and financial impacts as a result of crime.
PHILADELPHIA [June 21, 2018] -- Today, the Philadelphia City Council voted in favor of a resolution commending the Pennsylvania General Assembly for working in a bipartisan manner to address victims’ rights.
Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are working through the 2018 legislative session, wrapping up work on various budget issues and taking up policy issues facing the state. One important policy issue the legislature is considering includes a constitutional amendment to strengthen victims’ rights - called Marsy’s Law.