MARSY’S LAW WILL PUT ENFORCEABLE VICTIM RIGHTS INTO THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

 

MARSY’S LAW WILL PUT ENFORCEABLE VICTIM RIGHTS INTO THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION


GENERAL RIGHTS
  • Crime victims must be treated with respect and dignity by investigators, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and parole personnel
  • The rights of criminals are not superior to victim’s rights
  • Victim freedom from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the justice process
  • Criminals must be extradited and brought before California courts even if arrested outside the state
  • Criminals are sufficiently punished and the punishment will not be undercut or diminished by granting rights & privileges not provided by the U.S. Constitution or California laws
  • Protection from the defendant, defense attorneys and others acting on the defendant’s behalf
  • Prevent disclosure of victim’s confidential information

BAIL

  • Must consider the safety of the victim when setting bail & release conditions

PROSECUTION

  • Reasonable access to prosecutors and input in the extradition, charges filed, notification and information of pretrial disposition of the case
  • Input on decisions of pre-trial release, plea, sentencing and post-conviction release
  • A speedy trial and speedy decisions involving post-judgment proceedings
  • Input on probation recommendation

RESTITUTION

  • Victim right to seek and secure restitution from the criminal 

PAROLE

  • Victim informed of all parole procedures – dates, times, changes – and release of the prisoner
  • Victim can provide information to the parole authority
  • Parole authority must consider the safety of the victim and his/her family
  • Reforms the parole system by changing the criminal’s right to multiple, frequent parole hearings
  • Relieves the trauma of uncertainty, misinformation and disregard of the victim and survivors. Relives the turmoil and disruption in victim’s lives from capricious decisions and changes in parole dates and locations.

                                            VOTE YES ON PROP 9