Wisconsin to Go Purple for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Wisconsin Constitution
Photo: WI Public Radio

On April 7, 2020, Wisconsin voters easily approved a change to the state constitution aimed at increasing the number of rights crime victims have in the judicial process.

Marsy’s Law is part of a nationwide lobbying effort backed by billionaire Henry Nicholas, whose sister was killed by an ex-boyfriend in 1983.

The statewide vote totals:

Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,107,067 74.89%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 371,013 25.1%


The results were even more overwhelming here in Franklin:

Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,949 80.89%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,114 19.11%


The amendment added 17 rights for crime victims to the state constitution including rights to privacy, timely notice of release, escape of the accused, full restitution from the accused, and notification of all proceedings of a criminal case upon request.

This week many areas in the state are going to purple in recognition of Marsy’s Law.

Read the details here.

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