Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma believes that connecting with our communities is among the most important things we do. That’s why we’re proud to have the support of several County Commissioners across Oklahoma. In addition to preserving local infrastructure, commissioners also work with members of law enforcement to keep communities safe.
“As County Commissioners we are committed to ensuring justice and improving the health and well-being of our counties,” said Dillon Berry, Dewey County Commissioner. “Expanding rights for crime victims through approval of State Question 794 will make our communities safer.”
Every day, Oklahomans become victims of crime. They’re often left alone to navigate a complex judicial system without the same Constitutional and legal protections that the accused are afforded. State Question 794 would provide permanent and enforceable rights for victims.
This week, the Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed its support for SQ 794 adding to a growing list of supporters.
“Victims’ Rights is a non-partisan, non-political issue, and Marsy’s Law is a common sense approach to treating victims with fairness and respect,” said Ray Vaughn, Oklahoma County Commissioner.
SQ 794 enjoys bipartisan support because we can all agree that no rapist should have more rights than the victim. No murderer should be afforded more rights than the victim’s family. Local and state officials, Republicans and Democrats alike, are unified in their support of this issue.
We’re proud to have the support of Dillon Berry, Dewey County; Rod Cleveland, Cleveland County; Karen Keith and Ron Peters, Tulsa County; Ray Vaughn and Brian Maughan, Oklahoma County. Additionally, David Perry, formerly the McClain County Commissioner, has also endorsed SQ 794.
“Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma will ultimately improve the lives of our constituents,” Berry added.
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Scott Mitchell, analyst for Oklahoma City’s News9, launched a podcast series called Forgotten Voices. According to Scott, the series will highlight important stories of victims of crimes “in their own words”. He added the series purpose is “to bypass the media filter and let victims and victims’ advocates speak directly to Oklahomans. “
We appreciate Scott’s commitment to telling these stories and his candor on the struggle crime victims face. Every day, Oklahomans suffer at the hands of criminals. Then they suffer again while navigating a complex judicial system and court process. They don’t benefit from the same Constitution and legal protections that criminals are provided. Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma SQ 794 would secure permanent, enforceable rights for victims.
Marsy’s Law is proud to be a sponsor of this series because we believe that by highlighting unfiltered and real-world examples; together, we can restore balance and fairness to our criminal justice system.
The series will debut new stories bi-weekly and runs through the summer of 2018. You can listen here.
The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned three weeks ahead of schedule this year, closing out their work on May 3, 2018, but support for Marsy’s Law remains strong.
We have enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support for State Question 794, which seeks to provide Constitutional rights and protections to crime victims and restore balance and fairness to our criminal justice system. In 2017, Oklahoma lawmakers passed a resolution to send SQ 794 to a vote of the people in November 2018. Senate Joint Resolution 46 received unanimous support in the House with a vote of 88-0, and the Senate supported the measure 43-2.
As we close in on the November vote, dozens of lawmakers are renewing their commitment to Marsy’s Law and SQ 794. Both Democrats and Republicans have pledged their support because standing up for victims isn’t a partisan issue. Everyone can agree that giving victims the same rights as accused criminals is the right thing to do.
Every day, people are impacted by crime in Oklahoma. Although the severity of crimes range from white collar crimes to violent acts, every story matters in demonstrating the need to provide Constitutional protections to victims and their families and ensuring they have a voice in the criminal justice system. Your voice matters a great deal in helping tell the story that our criminal justice system is set up to protect the rights of the accused criminal, not the rights of the victim.
Since we launched Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma to push to pass State Question 794 in November, we’ve heard from many crime victims, law enforcement agents and advocates about their experiences with the criminal justice system and the need for Constitutionally protected victims’ rights in Oklahoma.
If you have a story to tell, we’d be honored if you would share it with us.
Below, Marsy’s Law Political Director Jill Shero talks with Marsy’s Law supporters at a recent luncheon to honor crime victims.
Volunteers are the reason Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma enjoys such widespread support across the state. Fighting for victims’ rights and passage of State Question 794 can only be possible with the involvement of our many supporters, and we’d like to take a moment to highlight one of our most active volunteers, Cleveland County chair, James Harrison.
James also volunteers for the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. He is called to service, and we are extremely grateful for his support. Please take a moment to read his letter.
We would love your support too! Please contact us if you’re interested in joining the cause.
In Oklahoma, hundreds of volunteers and advocates are using National Crime Victims Rights’ Week (NCVRW) to highlight their support for November’s State Question 794. NCVRW isn’t just about events and activities, but it also highlights the determination of our supporters to provide a better path for crime victims and their families.