Ballot Question Strengthens Crime Victims’ Rights

By Richard Nelson


September 27, 2018

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In case you haven't noticed there's an election coming up. And on the ballot in Kentucky is a constitutional amendment question regarding rights for crime victims and their families. It's called Marsy's law. The idea is that crime victims deserve the same rights to perpetrators of crimes against them or their family members. Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R-Hopkinsville) sponsored the bill and explained that "Marsy's Law creates a criminal justice system that finally recognizes the victim as an equal." The language that appears on the ballot says: “Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the judicial process?" The election is November 6.


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