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  • Please share any personal experiences you have had as a crime victim or if a family member of friend has been a crime victim.
  • Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin passed the Assembly and Senate in the fall of 2017 by a cumulative vote of 110-18. 
  • There are several sections in our state Constitution protecting the rights of the accused, as there should be.  Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin simply puts the victims of crime on a more equal playing field with those accused of committing crimes.
  • While the existing Constitution has limited rights for victims that were adopted in 1993, it is out of step with the much stronger amendments that other states have adopted since then.
  • Most importantly, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin will give crime victims the Constitutional right to enforce his or her rights in court – something our current Constitution does not have.
  • Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin also strengthens and builds upon some of the existing Constitutional rights.  For example, victims now have the right to be heard at disposition.  Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin will allow victims the right to be heard at all relevant proceedings like release and plea hearings.
  • Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin also takes some solid statutory provisions and turns them into a Constitutional right – such as requiring a court to consider the complete impact of the crime on the victim when considering the case. 
  • One of the new rights Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin gives victims is the simple right to know their rights.  We know accused persons have to be told their rights. It shouldn’t be any different for crime victims.
  • Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin has a specific provision make clear that the Amendment cannot be used in any way to supersede the rights of defendants or give victims a party status in a case.  We simply want to give victims the same level of rights that accused persons already receive.