What is Marsy's Law
Innocent victims of crime deserve every possible protection. This amendment would ensure those who have endured the tragedy of violent crime have their voice heard in court and can effectively enforce their rights.
Today, crime victims are one step closer to having the common sense legal rights they deserve. Victims should feel safe in their own community and be informed about cases involving their attackers.
Victims’ rights are no longer illusory in Illinois. The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault commends the Illinois legislature for its courageous action on behalf of victims’ rights.
When we were not allowed to make a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing for my sister’s killer because the sentence was mandatory, we were only beginning to understand how much it would mean to us not to have our statement in the court record; for the Judge and offender not to hear how the crime had affected us... Now with Marsy’s Law for Illinois, that kind of thing will never happen to victims and families again.