Montana Efforts Marsy's Law Passed

Thank you to all the Montanans who helped to enact Marsy’s Law in the Treasure State. Passing an amendment to the state constitution is no easy task – the Montana team collected over 56,000 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot, and nearly 320,000 Montanans voted Yes on CI-116 on Election Day. With 65% of the vote, Marsy’s Law was a resounding success in Montana.

But the work isn’t done. Crime victims across the country need our support and our compassion. No one expects to be a victim of a crime, but when it does happen those victims feel like their entire world has been turned upside down. They deserve a criminal justice system that works for them, keeps them involved and informed, and makes them feel like they are an integral part of the process. Marsy’s Law gives victims these rights. We hope you will support Marsy’s Law in other states as we strive to bring equal rights to all.

Chuck Denowh
State Director of
Marsy’s Law for Montana

Status of Marsy's Law in Montana

After collecting over 50,000 signatures of support from Montanans, the Marsy’s Law for Montana team, led by Chuck Denowh, participated in events across the entire state, spoke to more than fifty groups, and received over 100 endorsements, including that of U.S. Senator Steve Daines.

With consistently strong public support, Marsy’s Law for Montana received an overwhelming 66% of the vote and was passed by voters on November 8, 2016.

Get Involved

Every day, across our country people suffer at the hands of criminals. Then they suffer again – as victims, thrust into the complex judicial system and to navigate an unfamiliar court
process. Marsy’s Law proposes a Constitutional Amendment securing permanent, enforceable rights of victims, but we need your help to move forward.

Get involved now by:

  • Making calls from home
  • Telling your story
  • Requesting materials
  • Requesting a speaker
  • Tracking local media
  • Volunteering as a neighborhood leader
  • Downloading and printing literature to share
  • Speaking to a group or organization
  • Spreading the word on and
  • Showing community support

 

Victims' Stories

Marsy’s Law For Montana Can Save Lives – Debra Ricci’s Story

It was starting to drizzle rain when Terry carried Patty’s badly beaten and unconscious body to th [...]
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Marsy’s Law For Montana Will Ensure Consistency

On Dec. 30, 2000, my son was murdered by a drug dealer. The pain of that tragedy has diminished litt [...]
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Ryan United Founder Stands Behind Marsy’s Law for Montana

The most powerful voices in support of Marsy's Law are those individuals who have gone through the i [...]
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The Case of Miranda Fenner

Across the country, families are left with the devastation that follows the murder of a loved one an [...]
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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 Montana there were:

  • 2,567 violent crimes committed in 2013.
  • 22 murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed in 2013.
  • 410 rapes committed in 2013.
  • 204 robberies committed in 2013.
  • 1,931 aggravated assaults committed in 2013.

 

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

Resources in Montana

Montana Department Of Justice Victim Services

Montana Department Of Corrections’ Victims Services

Montana Crime Victim Compensation Program

Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence