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Equality for Crime Victims is a Must for Mississippi

 

Click here to reach the source page for this opinion piece from Rep. Fred Shanks, Guest Columnist for the Clarion Ledger

Through my role in law enforcement, I am all too familiar with the pain and suffering crime victims and their families face. In that role, my mission has been to bring peace and justice for victims and making this state a better place for its people.

Now, I serve the people of District 60 and Mississippi as chairman of the House of Representatives’ Constitution Committee. Here, it’s my goal to continue my mission of serving Mississippi by supporting common-sense legislation that helps crime victims have a voice in the process. That is why I am sponsoring Marsy’s Law for Mississippi in the 2020 Mississippi Legislative session.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment would provide strengthened crime victims’ rights

Click here to read WLBT's coverage of the Marsy's Law presentation in Mississippi's Legislature.

 

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) -Crime victims go through unthinkable pain. And many describe the renewed pain that comes with the criminal justice process. The goal behind the push for Marsy’s Law in Mississippi, a Constitutional Amendment, is to put specific rights into the State Constitution for crime victims. Right now, there are protections in there for those accused and convicted but not them.

Several families are preparing their hearts for another Christmas without their loved one.

“I don’t really like talking about it," said Karen Williams whose nephew was killed in 2018. "I don’t even go to the grave site cause it’s kind of hard. It’s hard for me and my kids to still adapt to the situation that he’s not here anymore.”

 

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Marsy's Law for Mississippi Kicks Off Statewide Campaign

PHILADELPHIA, MISS.: On Thursday, August 1, Speaker Philip Gunn will be
joined by elected officials and victims’ rights advocates to formally kick off the
statewide campaign for Marsy’s Law for Mississippi at the Neshoba County
Fair, Cabin 211, at 12:40 p.m.

Mayor Johnny Magee Stands Up for Victim's Rights by Endorsing Marsy's Law

JUNE 19, 2019, JACKSON, MISS.: Four Mississippi Mayors have officially
endorsed the passage of Marsy’s Law in Mississippi, including Laurel Mayor
Johnny Magee. Marsy’s Law seeks to amend the state constitution to give
crime victims an equal level of constitutional protections, no less vigorous,
than those afforded to the accused and convicted.

Polling Shows Overwhelming Support for Equal Rights for Crime Victims

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, JACKSON, MISS.: In a recent poll, results show that
Mississippi voters overwhelmingly support Marsy’s Law as a state
Constitutional Amendment. This poll was conducted by two prominent
polling firms working in Mississippi: Republican Public Opinion Strategies and
Democratic Chism Strategies. Together, the two surveyed 500 registered
Mississippi voters between September 5th – 8th. The poll has a margin of error
of +4.38%.

Lewis receives Victims Rights award as Marsy's Law for MS kicks off statewide campaign

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), pictured with Marsy's Law campaigner Danica Key Thompson, receives the Victims Rights Award. 

Mississippi Mayors Stand Up for Victims' Rights by Endorsing Marsy's Law

JUNE 5, 2019, JACKSON, MISS.: Four Mississippi Mayors have officially endorsed the passage of Marsy’s Law in Mississippi, a law that seeks to amend the state constitution to give crime victims an equal level of constitutional protections, no less vigorous, than those afforded to the accused and convicted.