Wisconsin Rights of Victims of Crime, Amendment 1 (April 1993)

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The Wisconsin Rights of Victims of Crime Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 6, 1993 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment created Article I, Section 9m of the Wisconsin Constitution, which defined the rights victims of crime are to be provided by the law.[1]

Election results

Rights of Victims of Crime
Approveda Yes 861,405 84.1%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1993-1994

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Rights of victims of crime. Shall section 9m of article I of the constitution be created requiring fair and dignified treatment of crime victims with respect for their privacy and to ensuring that the guaranteed privileges and protections of crime victims are protected by appropriate remedies in law without limiting any legal rights of the accused?.[2]

Constitutional changes

(NOTE: Italics show text created.) [Article I} Section 9m. This state shall treat crime victims, as defined by law, with fairness, dignity and respect for their privacy. This state shall ensure that crime victims have all of the following privileges and protections as provided by law: timely disposition of the case ; the opportunity to attend court proceedings unless the trial court finds sequestration is necessary to a fair trial for the defendant; reasonable protection from the accused throughout the criminal justice process; notification of court proceedings; the opportunity to confer with the prosecution; the opportunity to make a statement to the court at disposition; restitution; compensation; and information about the outcome of the case and the release of the accused. The legislature shall provide remedies for the violation of this section. Nothing in this section, or in any statute enacted pursuant to this section, shall limit any right of the accused which may be provided by law.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 41 & JR 17 (1991)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 3& JR 2 (1993)[1]

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