Supporters and skeptics gear up for Marsy's Law vote in November

Supporters and skeptics gear up for Marsy's Law vote in November

November is set to bring fall colors, a cold snap or two and something Pennsylvania has not seen for many years--a contentious ballot initiative, as victims’ rights advocates look to enshrine Marsy’s Law into the state constitution.

 

The second consecutive session of passage for the proposal means it will now be up to voters to approve in November whether to constitutionally ensure crime victims are notified of court proceedings, are able to attend key hearings and generally treat the rights of victims as equal to those of defendants.

Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf holds ceremonial signing for six bills protecting crime victims

Wolf holds ceremonial signing for six bills protecting crime victims

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Victim Advocate, Jennifer Storm, a handful of legislators and advocates for a ceremonial signing of a package of bills that expand protections and supports crime victims. 
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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VIDEO: Senate passes Marsy's Law, advocates rejoice

VIDEO: Senate passes Marsy's Law, advocates rejoice

"I'll try not to cry, I've been crying all day," Pennsylvania Victim Advocate, Jennifer Storm, stated before talking with The PLS Reporter about Marsy's Law passing unanimously through the Senate. 

Rep. Sheryl Delozier's (R-Cumberland) bill, House Bill 276 which is also known as Marsy's Law, would amend the state constitution by adding a victims' bill of rights, protecting crime victims and their families. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Hundreds of people bused into Harrisburg from across the state Tuesday in hopes of seeing the beginning of the end for life without parole in Pennsylvania.

But by the end of the day, they were marching around the Capitol in defiance, chanting, “Let our people go, or next election you will go.”

The advocates, many from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, had gathered to watch a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on SB 942 from Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), which makes life sentence recipients eligible for parole after 15 years.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Marsy's Law garners support for Pennsylvania crime victims to have constitutional rights

Marsy's Law garners support for Pennsylvania crime victims to have constitutional rights

Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania kicked off it’s campaign Tuesday to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to strengthen crime victims’ rights. 


The national campaign strives to amend state constitutions to include specific provisions to provide protections for victims whose cases are ongoing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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