Tennessee Victims' Bill of Rights, Amendment 2 (1998)
|Tennessee Victims' Bill of Rights, Amendment 2 (1998)|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO.2
Shall the Tennessee Constitution be amended by adding as a new section to Article I the following language?
- To preserve and protect the rights of victims of crime to justice and due process, victims shall be entitled to the following basic rights:
- 1. The right to confer with the prosecution.
- 2. The right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
- 3. The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
- 4. The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly.
- 5. The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person.
- 6. The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
- 7. The right to restitution from the offender.
- 8. The tight to be infbnned of each of the tights established for victims.
- The General Assembly has the authority to enact substantive and procedural laws to define, implement, preserve and protect the rights guaranteed to victims by this section.
- YES ( )
- NO ( )
Amendment 2 added Article I, Section 35 to the Tennessee Constitution.
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