Answer

Marsy’s Law is seeking to elevate key rights of crime victims into the state’s Constitution to ensure that victims have rights that are equal, in stature, to the constitutional rights of the accused and convicted. These constitutional protections for crime victims would include the following rights:

  • To be treated with fairness and dignity and with respect for the victim's safety and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  • To be informed, upon request, when the accused is released from custody or has escaped.
  • To be present at and, upon request, to reasonable and timely notice of all public proceedings involving the criminal or juvenile criminal conduct.
  • To be heard at any public proceeding involving a release, a plea or sentencing, disposition or parole and any other proceeding at which a right of the victim is implicated.
  • To refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request by the accused, the accused's attorney or another person acting on behalf of the accused.
  • To confer with the prosecution regarding the rights of the victim pursuant to this section.
  • To read presentence reports relating to the crime against the victim.
  • To receive prompt and full restitution.
  • To proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt conclusion of the case.
  • To be informed of victims' constitutional rights.

Finally, Marsy’s Law includes a clause on enforceability, so that if a victim of crime feels that any of their rights have been violated, they will have standing to petition the judge for a remedy.