The Pennsylvania Marsy’s Law Crime Victims Rights Amendment is on the ballot in Pennsylvania as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019.
A “yes” vote supports this measure to add specific rights of crime victims, together known as a Marsy’s Law, to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
A “no” vote opposes this measure to add specific rights of crime victims, together known as a Marsy’s Law, to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
What would this ballot measure change?
The ballot measure would add a section addressing crime victims’ rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution Declaration of Rights. The proposed language is modeled on Marsy’s Law, a type of constitutional bill of rights for crime victims.
- be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy;
- proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt and final conclusion of the case;
- have the safety of the victim and victim’s family considered when setting the bail amount and release conditions for the accused;
- reasonable and timely notice of public proceedings involving the criminal conduct;
- be present at public proceedings involving the criminal conduct;
- be heard at proceedings where a right of the victim is implicated, including release, sentencing, and parole proceedings;
- receive notice of any pretrial disposition of the case, with the exception of grand jury proceedings;
- provide information to be considered before the parole of the offender;
- reasonable protection from the accused and those acting on the behalf of the accused;
- reasonable notice of the release or escape of the accused;
- refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request made by the accused;
- full and timely restitution from the person or entity convicted;
- the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence;
- and confer with the government’s attorney.