Advocates for Crime Victims' Bill of Rights gather in Carbondale

Advocates for Crime Victims' Bill of Rights gather in Carbondale

Advocates gathered Tuesday in Carbondale to raise awareness and garner support for the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, similar to Marsy's Law in California.

The event was held at the Women's Center.

Supporters say the Illinois state constitution already gives victims certain rights. However, if those rights are denied, there isn't a process for victims to appeal. Marsy's Law, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, would provide that for victims.

"Right now, we have no way of fixing, in fact we are forbidden in fixing any violation of a victim's right to be kept safe, to be notified about what is happening in their case, (and) to be heard at sentencing," says Jennifer Bishop-Jenkin's, a supporter of the bill.


Others say an amendment to the state constitution is unnecessary.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, the Illinois State Bar Association says statutes would work better than an amendment and, even if it passes, its wording will still have to be made clearer.

Click here for more information on the Victims' Bill of Rights campaign.

Early voter registration started Monday, Oct. 20 in Illinois and runs through November 2.

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