Marsy’s Law to be Heard in Senate Committee Today

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January 10, 2018

  

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MARSY’S LAW TO BE HEARD IN SENATE COMMITTEE TODAY

Senate Bill 3 to ensure crime victims have constitutional rights

Frankfort, Ky. – Marsy’s Law (SB 3), which would create a crime Victims’ Bill of Rights in the Kentucky Constitution, will be heard in the Senate State and Local Government Committee today at 12 Noon in the Capitol Annex. 

The widely supported, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, will ensure crime victims are treated fairly and afforded rights equal to the accused during the judicial process. Marsy’s Law would give victims commonsense rights, like: the right to a voice in the judicial process, the right to be present in judicial hearings and the right to be made aware of upcoming hearings or changes in their offenders’ status, among others.

Victims’ advocates, Sen. Westerfield and Marsy’s Law State Director Ashlea Christiansen will be available to speak with the press after the hearing.

WHAT: Senate State and Local Government Committee on Marsy’s Law (SB 3)

WHO: Testimony will be provided by:

  • Sen. Whitney Westerfield, Marsy’s Law Bill Sponsor
  • Wayne Wright, Retired Woodford County Sheriff
  • Pam Darnall, CEO, Family and Children’s Place
  • Crime victims

WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12 Noon EST                                                                                                  

WHERE: Kentucky State Capitol Annex, Room 154

700 Capital Ave

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

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About Marsy’s Law for Kentucky

Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is an advocate-driven effort to incorporate a victims’ bill of rights in the state constitution. Kentucky is one of only 14 states that do not provide crime victims with constitutional-level protections. A list of the victims’ advocates, law enforcement and organizations that endorse Marsy’s Law can be found here. Those wishing to join the coalition can do so here. Please visit www.marsyslaw.us, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.