Maine Efforts No Rights

Thank you for your interest in Marsy’s Law for Maine and our effort to afford victims of crime in our state with the common-sense, constitutional protections they deserve.

According to FBI statistics, more than 1,700 violent crimes were committed in Maine in 2015, the most recent year for which those statistics are available. For a state like ours, with a relatively small population and a make-up of mostly small and close-knit communities, the impact of violent crime is felt far and wide. Most of us know someone who has been affected by a violent crime, so this has meaning to us all. I know it does for me, as a 5th generation Mainer, and I believe we can all agree it is time for Maine to become a state where crime victims’ rights are elevated so they are equal to those who are accused or convicted of crimes like rape, murder and assault.

We already have heard from dozens of victims, advocates and volunteers across Maine who are joining us in this effort. If you or someone close to you has been affected by a violent crime in Maine — or you are an advocate, policy maker, community leader, or want to volunteer to help this important Maine effort — I want to hear from you, too.

I am honored to lead this statewide, bipartisan coalition, and look forward to working with you to help Maine crime victims gain the equal legal standing they deserve.

Thank you,
Christopher Quint
State Director

Status of Marsy's Law in Maine

Currently, Maine does not have a Victims’ Rights Amendment to its Constitution.

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

Did you know, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most recent “Crime in the United States” report, that in the state of Maine there were:

  • 1,718 violent crimes committed in 2013.
  • 24 murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed in 2013.
  • 447 rapes committed in 2013.
  • 335 robberies committed in 2013.
  • 912 aggravated assaults committed in 2013.

 

Source: Crime in the United States, By State, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation website.

Resources in Maine

Maine Department Of Corrections’ Victims Services

Maine Crime Victims Compensation Program

Maine Coalition To End Domestic Violence

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Parents Of Murdered Children – Maine Chapter