marsy's law


Marsy's Law is back on the floor of the Idaho legislature after being voted down in the last two sessions. The proposal provides advocacy and protections for victims of crime but there is some concern that the wording might further compromise civil rights. Idaho Matters talks to the ACLU of Idaho and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence about why they feel changes need to be made to the text.

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Marsy's Law passed in California in 2008 to provide legal protections and access to information for victims of abuse. Eight other states have passed the law but in the last session, the bill fell short of passage in the Idaho legislature. Idaho Matters talks with victims' advocates about efforts to re-introduce the law.

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Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

State Representatives fell five votes shy of expanding the rights of crime victims in the Idaho Constitution Monday.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho House panel has advanced a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.