Idaho Efforts

Hello and thank you for your interest in Marsy’s Law for Idaho.

Like you, I strongly believe that victims of crime deserve a justice system that works to keep them informed, involved and part of the process. Marsy’s Law brings together those who have a passion for victims’ rights and unites them with the potential to strengthen these rights in the place they call home.

We are committed to working on behalf of Idaho’s crime victims to ensure their constitutional protections are equal to those of the accused. Going forward, we will be partnering with stakeholders and legislators to ensure that we are well positioned to place a Crime Victims Bill of Rights before voters in 2018.

We will also continue to build support through the dedicated coalition of victims, advocates, volunteers, lawmakers, and law enforcement officials who have united in support of strengthening victims’ rights in Idaho. We believe the time has come to update victims’ rights in our state and we invite you to join our effort to secure equal constitutional rights for all in 2018.


Thank you,

Jason Arrington
State Director
Marsy’s Law for Idaho

  • The proposed constitutional amendment is intended to ensure victims and their families are afforded equal constitutional rights as the accused or convicted
  • It will give victims a voice throughout the justice process
  • It defines a victim of crime
  • The proposed constitutional amendment outlines the rights of crime victims to:
    • Be treated with fairness, respect, dignity and privacy
    • To timely disposition of the case
    • To reasonable and timely prior notification of trial court, appellate, post-conviction and parole proceedings
    • To, upon request, be informed of sentencing, incarceration, probation, escape, and release
    • To be present at all criminal justice proceedings
    • To confer with the prosecution
    • To be heard prior to acceptance of matters such as a plea of guilty, sentencing, parole, parole discharge, incarceration, probation, commutation, pardon, post-arrest and post-conviction, release, and any proceeding during which the right of the victim is implicated
    • To receive relevant reports or records used in sentencing
    • To full and timely restitution
    • Reasonable protection from the accused and those acting on behalf of the accused
  • It does not authorize a court to dismiss a case
  • A proposed constitutional amendment requires 2/3 majority support by members of both the Idaho State Senate and the Idaho House of Representatives.
  • If successful, a proposed constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot for vote by the people of Idaho during the next general election where it needs a simple majority to pass.
Efforts to provide elevated victims’ rights are underway in a number of states. To date, Marsy’s Law has passed in:
  • California
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • South Daokota
  • Montana
  • This proposed constitutional amendment has been part of a collaborative process. This resolution is a product of a collaboration between victims’ advocates, prosecutors, sheriffs and attorneys.
Status of Victims’ Rights In Idaho

A state Constitutional Amendment for Victims’ Rights was passed in November, 1994. The amendment was passed by 79% of voters.

  • To learn more about your rights in Idaho, please visit the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) by clicking here.
Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), Idaho Experienced 3,568 Violent Crimes In 2015.

  • In 2015, There Were 32 Murders And Nonnegligent Manslaughters.
  • In 2015 There Were 694 Rapes.
  • In 2015 There Were 192 Robberies.
  • In 2015 There Were 2,650 Aggravated Assaults.

Source: 2015 Crime In The United States, State Totals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Website, 9/26/16

Resources in Idaho

Idaho Attorney General Crime Victim Assistance

Idaho Department Of Corrections’ Victims Services

Idaho Crime Victims Compensation Program

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Idaho Council On Domestic Violence And Victim Assistance