Currently in the United States, the U.S. Constitution and every state constitution has enumerated rights for individuals accused of a crime and those convicted of a crime. Yet, the U.S. Constitution and 15 state constitutions do not extend enumerated rights to victims of crime. Marsy’s Law for All seeks to amend state constitutions that don’t offer protections to crime victims and, eventually, the U.S. Constitution to give victims of crime rights equal to those already afforded to the accused and convicted.
We can all agree that no rapist should have more rights than the victim. No murderer should be afforded more rights than the victim’s family. Marsy’s Law would ensure that victims have the same co-equal rights as the accused and convicted – nothing more, nothing less. Marsy’s Law is not a partisan issue. Giving crime victims equal rights is a rare political issue that Republicans and Democrats are unified in supporting.
This week, Florida joined a growing number of states pursuing Marsy’s Law. Here in the Sunshine State, we’ll be working to secure equal rights for victims of crime by updating and strengthening our state’s constitution. If the CRC votes to place Marsy’s Law on Florida’s 2018 General Election ballot, it would then give Florida voters the chance to provide more protections for victims and their families.
Did you know?
According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), Florida Experienced 93,626 Violent Crimes In 2015.
- In 2015, There Were 1,041 Murders And Non-negligent Manslaughters.
- In 2015 There Were 7,553 Rapes.
- In 2015 There Were 21,137 Robberies.
- In 2015 There Were 63,895 Aggravated Assaults.