Join Our Campaign to Revise the Illinois Victims Rights Amendment
Minor Revisions to the
Victims Rights Amendment to the Illinois Constitution
HELP PASS HJRCA 19
Update May 2010 - end of session: A partisan battle over redistricting the state of Illinois after this year's Census has de-railed every single constitutional amendment proposal in Springfield, including our effort to make victims rights enforceable. We are told that since we have such broad-based and bi-partisan support for this effort, that in the year 2012 where redistricting will not be an issue, we should see clear sailing to the general election ballot that fall. We look forward to regrouping with everyone in 2012 on this important initiative. Contact us with any questions.
Update March 11, 2010 - The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed out of committee our HJRCA 19, a Constitutional Amendment to make our current victims rights actually enforceable in Illinois. We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters and partners who have worked so hard and who clearly care so very much about what happens to victims of crime in Illinois:
1. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's
office, especially Cindy Hora, the state's victim advocate
We have worked hard these last few months to meet with all stakeholders in this process, to compromise to alleviate concerns of those concerned primarily with the rights of the accused, to refine the language over and over, and to build a broad statewide partnership to promote the necessity and vitality of this reform. We fully expect with continued hard work that we will see this amendment on the November 2010 fall election ballot statewide and that the good citizens of Illinois will overwhelmingly pass this important measure to protect victims of crime as they navigate the criminal justice system.
The current wording of victims rights in the Illinois Constitution, Section 8.1, is as follows:
SECTION 8.1. CRIME VICTIM'S RIGHTS
And while we are grateful that we like 33 other US States have constitutionally protected victims rights, the wording as "provided by law" means that unless there are statutes to make the rights enforceable, there is often no enforceability with these rights.
For too many victims, too much of the time, the rights might as well not even exist for all the good it does a victim when they are not enforced and nothing the victim does matters.
We have joined a national campaign to make all victims rights in the United States ENFORCEABLE.
Key changes we are proposing:
1. Appellate relief for victims rights denied
during trial phase
Click here to learn more about efforts at amending the Federal Constitution. And read about the 9 classical victims rights, especially ENFORCEABILTY here at the NCVC's great web resource for victims, www.VictimLaw.org
CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE ALREADY JOINED OUR CAMPAIGN and send us your ideas and your support and we will add you to the list of those who support this agenda.
Lots more to come in the days ahead!
Part of this effort will be to ask the Illinois Legislature to form a victims rights caucus, as other states and the US Congress currently have. Help out by asking your state Senator or Rep to join!