Commonwealth Policy Center

There are two constitutional amendments on the November 3rd ballot. Marcy’s Law is one named after murdered California college student Marcy Nicholas. It would grant constitutional protections to victims of crime. Notably, the right to be notified of all court proceedings, such as release, plea, and sentencing. The bipartisan amendment may sound familiar to some, as it passed in 2019, but was struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court until the terms were better spelled out on the ballot. Proponents see this amendment rectifying weak statutes surrounding victims’ rights while detractors view the amendment as a threat to the rights of the accused. It makes sense that crime victims and their families have at least the same rights as those convicted of the crimes.