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.