Governor Wolf Supports Marsy’s Law for Crime Victims Constitutional Amendment
April 11, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today backed Marsy’s Law, which proposes a state constitutional amendment securing permanent, enforceable rights of victims.
“It is important for us all to reflect on how we can improve the lives of crime victims in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Marsy’s Law will amend the state constitution to provide crime victims with equal protections and participation in the process. Victims and their families deserve equity. I thank the Senate for approving this bill unanimously and I urge the General Assembly to continue advancing Marsy’s Law.”
The proposed amendment stipulates that there be notice of hearings and other proceedings, protection from the accused, notice of release or escape, full and timely restitution, proceedings free from delays and with prompt conclusion, the ability to confer with the government’s attorney and information on all of these rights.
The Senate recently advanced Senate Bill 1011 unanimously and sent it to the House. The bill is also supported by Pennsylvania’s Office of Victim Advocate and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
“While Pennsylvania stands out as a leader in victim service delivery and protective legislation, we are one of only 15 states that do not have constitutional amendments for victims,” said Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate. “We have many laws that offer meaningful opportunities for victim engagement, but no enforcement of those laws. Marsy’s Law would seek to uphold the promises our legislature and the Wolf Administration have made when passing laws to protect victims, by also enforcing them.”
Governor Wolf also announced that the Capitol building in Harrisburg will be lit purple in honor for Crime Victims’ Rights Week.