Status of Marsy's Law in South Dakota
Marsy’s Law was the first ballot question to be validated and certified by the Secretary of State and the first officially approved to appear on the November 2016 ballot. Since that time, State Director, Jason Glodt, along with his team and many volunteers worked across the state to inform voters as to why they should “Vote Yes On S.” Attending over 100 events and meetings over the course of the campaign, including overseeing the lighting of the Falls of the Big Sioux River purple for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the issue of crime victims’ rights was brought to the forefront in the Mount Rushmore State.
Amendment S received many endorsements, including Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore and State Representative Lance Russell. As was the case in other states, many victims and advocates spoke out in favor of Marsy’s Law for South Dakota and polling was strong with up to 84% of South Dakotans in support.
Marsy’s Law was officially passed by voters on November 8, 2016, with 60% of South Dakotans voting in favor of the constitutional amendment.
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.
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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 South Dakota there were:
- 2,674 violent crimes committed in 2013.
- 20 murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed in 2013.
- 499 rapes committed in 2013.
- 159 robberies committed in 2013.
- 1,996 aggravated assaults committed in 2013.
Source: Crime in the United States, By State, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation website.