Marsy's Law for Georgia Honors Gov. Brian Kemp for Victims' Advocacy
Marsy’s Law for Georgia Honors Gov. Brian Kemp for Victims’ Advocacy
Governor received Marsy’s Law Victims’ Rights Champion Award for dedication to elevating victims’ rights
ATLANTA, GA – November 14, 2019 – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was awarded with a Victims’ Rights Champion Award by Marsy’s Law for Georgia on November 14, 2019. Gov. Kemp is being recognized for his support of the state constitutional amendment that was passed in November 2018, which extended the rights of crime victims.
The Victims’ Rights Champion Award is given to elected officials who have shown support for Marsy’s Law and equal rights for crime victims. Gov. Kemp is one of several who have received the award this year in Georgia for their advocacy on behalf of crime victims and support of Marsy’s Law.
“Marsy’s Law received an overwhelming amount of support from the public, and I’m proud to have been a supporter of its passage,” Gov. Kemp said. “This law has been in implementation for almost a year and has already helped ensure the safety and security of crime victims and their families.”
Gov. Kemp has supported Marsy’s Law since launching his campaign for governor during the 2018 elections. Throughout the campaign, then-candidate Kemp advocated for Marsy’s Law and featured the law in his platform.
“Having the Georgia Governor as a supporter of Marsy’s Law is an immense deal,” said Erinn Mahathey, National Outreach Director for Marsy’s Law for All. “We firmly believe that he can help us better educate Georgians on the law and raise awareness of its positive impact.”
About Marsy’s Law for Georgia
In 2018, Marsy’s Law amended the Georgia State Constitution to include a Bill of Rights for victims of violent crimes during criminal proceedings. The constitutional amendment received broad support and assures rights for victims, including standing to petition a court if they feel that their rights have been violated. Georgia is one of the numerous states across the country that have added Marsy’s Law to their constitutions in recent years. To learn more about Marsy’s Law Georgia, visit www.victimsrightsga.com. Victims and supporters interested in sharing their stories can email [email protected].
About Marsy’s Law
Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother walked into a grocery store where she was confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas has made it his life’s mission to give victims and their family’s constitutional protections and equal rights. Since California’s passage of the Victim’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008, Marsy’s Law legislation has been overwhelmingly approved by voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Maggie McDaniel, on behalf of Marsy’s Law Georgia
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