Marsy’s Law for Georgia Statement on the Passing of Victims' Rights Champion Representative John Lewis
ATLANTA – July 18, 2020 - Marsy's Law for Georgia was saddened by the passing of civil rights icon Representative John Lewis on Friday, July 17, 2020.
Marsy’s Law for Georgia Requests the State’s Judicial System Designate the Protection of Victims’ Rights as an “Essential Function”
Marsy’s Law wants victims’ rights protected when courts are projected to reopen on July 14
Marsy’s Law for Georgia Calls on Sheriffs to Notify Victims of Inmates Released Early Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
ATLANTA – April 2, 2020 – Marsy's Law for Georgia is working with the Georgia Sheriffs' Association to send letters to each of Georgia's 159 sheriffs asking them to continue prioritizing their constitutional duty to notify crime victims of the impending or early release of inmates as they take measures to address the potential spread of COVID-19.
For over 18 years I have advocated for victims’ rights and walked victims through the judicial system. I saw a need to support crime victims based on my own traumatic event, for which I was completely unprepared. In 1999, I lost my child to gunfire outside of a neighborhood birthday party. That tragic day reshaped my life. I went from despair over the murder of my only child to becoming a committed advocate for crime victims and survivors.
Voters passed Marsy’s Law for Georgia by more than 80 percent in 2018, demonstrating overwhelming support for strong crime victims’ rights. As our state moves to implement these new constitutional rights, there’s still much work to do to ensure victims know their rights and know how to demand them in our judicial process.