Making Marsy's Law

Making Marsy's Law

Did you know crime victims in Pennsylvania are not guaranteed the right to tell the courts how the crime has affected them? Victims' rights advocates think that needs to change and they're doing something about it. Making Marsy's Law is a behind the scenes look at the campaign to add victims' rights to Pennsylvania's constitution.

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July 10, 2018 25 min
Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania has achieved a major milestone - passage of the state House of Representatives and state Senate - all in about five months. This checks off the first hurdle for a change to the constitution. In 2019, the process starts over again, with a view to putting the question to voters late next year. Marsy’s Law not only passed the House and Senate - it did so unanimously in both chambers. You’d have to go back...
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With the unanimous passage of Marsy’s Law in the state House, Pennsylvania crime victims are closer than they’ve ever been to a constitutional guarantee to uphold their rights in court. And the stakes couldn’t be higher for those thrust into the court system against their will through the wrongdoing of another. We continue our series of interviews with the survivors of crimes in Pennsylvania. Angela Niblett has first-hand experien...
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June 1, 2018 21 min
As the campaign to pass Marsy’s Law in the Pennsylvania legislature moves forward, we turn our focus to the House of Representatives. The bill is currently under review by the Judiciary Committee and supporters are working on a vote by the full House before lawmakers adjourn for the summer. State Representative Sheryl Delozier, the prime sponsor, says her measure provides a needed, permanent fix to help crime victims. A long-term ...
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May 16, 2018 45 min
Sometimes it's easy to lose sight that at the heart of the Marsys's Law for PA campaign are crime victims and their families, trying to make their way through a criminal justice system that cannot put them first - because those accused and convicted of crimes have stronger protections under the state constitution. And even though crime victims have solid rights under state law - to be notified if an assailant is released on...
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April 30, 2018 22 min
Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania saw a series of important wins during National Crime Victims Rights week in early April -- with events highlighting the campaign across the state. Capping off those events, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf officially declared his support for Marsy’s Law. We sit down with the state Senate’s prime sponsor for Marsy’s Law - Senator Guy Reschenthaler, and then government relations specialists Dennis Walsh and...
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The second week of April is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week - and to mark the event, supporters of Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania took part in a rally at the Pennsylvania state Capitol. We speak with rally attendees, advocates, crime victims and their families. Then we have a conversation with the newly named campaign director for Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania, Jennifer Riley. Special Guest: Jennifer Riley.
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March 23, 2018 20 min
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers have recently introduced measures to give crime victims equal protection under the state constitution as those accused and convicted of committing crimes. It’s called Marsy’s Law - and it’s something that victim advocates, district attorneys, law enforcement and other stakeholders are rallying behind to help level the playing field for victims and their families in the Commonwealth. Named for Marsalee Nic...
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March 18, 2018 39 sec
Making Marsy's Law is a new podcast about the campaign to add victims' rights to Pennsylvania's constitution.
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