Carson City and Esmeralda County Sheriffs Endorse Marsy’s Law for Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2017 ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

Carson City and Esmeralda County Sheriffs Endorse Marsy’s Law for Nevada

Marsy’s Law for Nevada is proud to announce the endorsements of two law enforcement leaders; Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong and Esmeralda County Sheriff Ken Elgan. Sheriff Elgan has proudly served the citizens of Esmeralda County for 26 years, since he was first hired as a Deputy, in 1991. As Sheriff, Elgan’s focus is to maintain integrity within the department and help reduce and prevent crime by partnering with businesses, and citizens young and old.

Sheriff Ken Furlong of Carson City has also spent his career working to protect neighbors. Furlong retired from the USAF, Office of Special Investigations in 1998. He was then employed with the Department of Public Safety, Investigations Division/Major Crimes, and Parole and Probation/Offender Supervision. His assignments included Major Crimes/Narcotics Task Force Investigator, Enhanced Criminal Operations, and Superintendent of Operations. He was elected to the Office of Sheriff in 2003.

Sheriffs Furlong and Elgan join crime fighting colleagues across Nevada as well as lawmakers, civic leaders, victims, advocacy groups and citizens in support of Marsy’s Law for Nevada. Together they are standing up for victims of crime and call for guaranteed consideration through the judicial process. We thank Sheriff Furlong and every civic leader joining us in this effort. Marsy’s Law has secured two consecutive approvals from Nevada lawmakers in 2015 and 2017. Residents of Nevada will have the right to vote on the question in November 2018.

 

Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims. It’s just fair. #VictimsRightsNV

SJR 17 would ensure the:

  • Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims
  • Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process * Right to be protected from the defendant
  • Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case
  • Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case
  • Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case
  • Right to full and timely restitution

History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims’ and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in Illinois, California, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

Senate Joint Resolution 17

SJR 17 was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment. The measure will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in 2018 as a ballot question.