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Illinois Crime Victims Amendment could be on November ballot

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April, 26 2012

Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: A proposed charter amendment, nicknamed Marsy's Law for Illinois, has passed in the Illinois State Senate and now is headed to the Illinois House of Representatives where if it gets approved would then be placed on the November 6 ballot. The proposed amendment would expand and increase the enforcement of rights for victims and their families when participating in criminal justice proceedings. Proponents of the amendment, advocates for victim rights argue that the amendment would go a long way in helping those that need it. Supporters also hail the proposed measure as a landmark amendment because if approved, it would provide more rights than any other state.

In 1992, Illinois was one of the first states which amendment their state constitution to ensure these rights. This new amendment would expand and change a few items in the original 1992 amendment. Some of the proposed rights included in this amendment would be: guaranteed the right to be informed of court proceedings; guaranteed the right to be present at trials and hearings regarding their case subject to judicial approval; guaranteed the right to present a written statement to the court about the impact a violent crime has had on them; provided greater access to post trial proceedings; guaranteed timely action on requests; allowed to appeal decisions that affect the exercise of their personal rights.[1]

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