In honor of Independence Day, we remember the sacrifice many made to ensure the United States became an independent nation. This week, we showed our appreciation to law enforcement community for their ongoing commitment to protect and serve our country.
Leveling the playing field is the goal of Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania. This legislation will elevate crime victims’ rights to the state constitutional level, addressing the current inequity between victims and those accused and convicted of crimes. By boosting victims’ rights to the constitutional level, we will hold those who violate victims’ rights accountable.
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.