Marsy’s Law for Idaho Official Campaign Launch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 21, 2017

Media Contact: Todd Dvorak: (208) 340-6265

Media Advisory

 

BOISE – State lawmakers, law enforcement leaders and crime victims who are supporting Marsy’s Law for Idaho are holding a press conference on Sept. 25 to formally launch the 2018 legislative campaign to strengthen and update Idaho’s rights for crime victims.

Speakers include: Senate Majority Caucus Chair Todd Lakey; House Asst. Majority Leader Brent Crane; Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts; Owhyee County Sheriff Perry Grant; Idaho Fraternal Order of Police Legislative Chair Paul Jagosh; and crime victim Lauren Busdon.

“Idaho has long been a leader in setting the tone for treating victims with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Lakey, a Republican from Nampa. “But now is the time to take the next steps to enhance those rights and ensure victims’ voices are heard and considered in our justice system.”

Media and interested citizens outside the Boise media market can also tune in to watch the press conference via live stream.

When: Monday, Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room EW-42 in the Idaho Capitol

Live Stream: The press conference will be streamed on two platforms:

 

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ABOUT MARSY’S LAW FOR IDAHO

Marsy’s Law for Idaho is the Idaho chapter of the national advocacy group Marsy’s Law for All, which is dedicated to strengthening victims’ rights. The goal of Marsy’s Law for Idaho is to ensure the right of victims to have an effective voice in the criminal justice process. Victims are the individuals most harmed by crime and are sometimes an afterthought in our system— even though some rights are currently afforded through Idaho’s constitution and statute. A proposed constitutional amendment for victims’ rights, written by and for Idahoans, would not place any significant burden on state employees or those providing victim service support using state funds. Idaho once led the nation on victims’ rights. It was one of the first states to provide rights for crime victims. In November 1994, a state Constitutional Amendment on Victims’ Rights overwhelmingly passed with 79% of the vote. Over twenty years have passed, and more work needs to be done. In 2016, the Idaho Attorney General argued before the Idaho Supreme Court that neither the Idaho Constitution nor Idaho Statutes provided a mechanism to enforce victims’ rights (Mitchell V. State 160 Idaho 81 (2016)). It’s time for victims’ rights to be increased and strengthened in the Idaho Constitution, so Idaho can lead the nation once again.