Henderson Mayor Debra March Takes a Stand for Nevada Victims of Crime

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November 8, 2017  ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

Henderson Mayor Debra March Takes a Stand for Nevada Victims of Crime

Henderson Mayor Agrees Nevadans Deserve Expanded Crime Victims’ Rights

 

The leader of Nevada’s second largest city is uniting with colleagues to endorse Marsy’s Law for Nevada. Mayor Debra March has joined Henderson City Council members Gerri Schroder, John Marz and Dan Shaw in supporting this crime victims’ rights effort.

Mayor March was elected to guide Henderson with over 55 percent of the vote in the April 2017 primary election. Before taking office in June of 2017 Ms. March had served as Councilwoman for Ward II in Henderson after first being appointed in 2009.

Mayor March and her colleagues represent more than 270-thousand residents calling Henderson “home.” The City is known for its parks, recreation areas, community spirit, and quality of life. Henderson has repeatedly been recognized as one of the safest cities and best places to live in the nation.

By endorsing Marsy’s Law for Nevada Mayor March reinforces her commitment to community safety for the growing number of citizens in Henderson. We appreciate her dedication to Henderson residents and her consideration for victims of crime. Since any one of us could be targeted by criminals on any given day, a guaranteed voice and consideration are only fair.

 

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

#VictimsRightsNV              

Marsy’s Law has been approved in two consecutive sessions of the Nevada Legislature in 2015 and 2017. Voters of Nevada will have the opportunity to vote on the question in November 2018.

Marsy’s Law 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, and South Dakota.

Marsy’s Law / Senate Joint Resolution 17      

Marsy’s Law/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.