Oklahoma State Question 674 (1996)
The official ballot summary reads:
This measure adds a new section to the State Constitution. The measure deals with the rights of victims of crime. The measure seeks to protect victims' rights that exist under court decisions. It also seeks to insure that victims are treated with respect and dignity in the criminal justice process.
To achieve these goals, crime victims and their families would have certain rights, including the following.
1. The right to know the status of the prosecution and investigation.
2. The right to know the location of the defendant from arrest through the serving of a sentence.
3. The right to be present at proceedings where the defendant has a right to be present.
4. The right to be informed when a defendant escapes or is released.
5. The right to be heard at sentencing and parole hearings.
The exact nature of these and other rights and the procedures giving them effect would be set up by the Legislature or by the people through initiative or referendum. The Legislature or the people would also prescribe those responsible for following the established procedures.Either the Legislature or the people could extend any victims' rights to youthful offender proceedings.
This amendment passed with 1,025,292 voters supporting the initiative, and 99,233 voters in opposition.
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