Crime Victims Highlight the Need for Amendment 6 in New Videos Released by Marsy’s Law for Florida
Marsy’s Law for Florida today launched the second set of videos in their social media campaign in support of Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida, which would embed a new set of crime victims’ rights in the state constitution if passed by 60 percent of voters.
Sharing their personal experiences with the criminal justice system, the crime victims and survivors appearing in the new videos illustrate the ways Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida strengthens protections for crime victims and their families while preserving due process for those accused or convicted of a crime.
Featured in the videos are:
- Ann Rowe of Tallahassee, who was sexually assaulted and beaten
- Francis Futrill of Jacksonville, whose daughter was murdered
Florida is one of only 15 states that does not have clear, enforceable rights for victims in its state constitution. Some of the constitutional-level rights and protections Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida would provide include:
- The right to have standing in court
- The right to present at all proceedings involving the case
- The right to reasonable and timely notice of proceedings
- The right to be heard in any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated including release, plea, sentencing, disposition, parole, revocation, expungement or pardon
- The right to timely notice of any release, escape or death of the accused, if the accused is in custody or on supervision at the time of death
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay
- The right to timely information about the outcome of the case