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Marsy's Law Advocates Celebrate A Huge Victory For Victims of Violent Crimes

Georgia is 1 of 15 states in the United States that does not have a constitutional law to protect victims of violent crimes.

Amanda Cooper
May 10, 2018 - 7:46 pm

Violent crime victims and advocates are celebrating a milestone.  Recently, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill to implement legislation that would approve constitutional rights for crime victims. Currently, Georgia is 1 of 15 states in the United States that does not have a constitutional law to protect victims of violent crimes. That is why Marsy's Law advocates have worked hard to press lawmakers from both the senate and house to unanimously pass the legislation. 

So what is Marsy's Law? Eric Harrison, Political Director of Marsy's Law for Georgia, shares a brief overview of the law. 

Eric Harrison, Political Director of Marsy's Law for Georgia and violent crime victims Patrix Winbush and Patricia Cody-Eberhart were in the WAOK studio for our weekly Atlanta Up Close segment and talked candidly about the organization and the need for constitutional rights for victims of violent crimes. 

The governor’s signature enacted the implementing legislation, but voters will have the final say on amending the state constitution.