Justice journal-2.png

A monthly newsletter from OCVJC with the latest information about victims’ rights.

43124186_1608637692768308_3530695852999835648_n.jpg

What are the rights provide by Marsy's Law?

This is a multipart series about Marsy's Law a victims' rights constitutional amendment that has been in effect for over a year. Our goal is to make Marsy's Law more accessible to victims and advocates.

In Ohio, Marsy’s Law is also referred to as the Ohio Crime Victims Bill of Rights. In the last issue we discussed who is a victim. This month we review the basic victim rights included in Marsy’s Law.

(PLEASE NOTE: This explanation addresses the Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment only. Implementing legislation will refine and define many of the rights discussed herein.)

  1. The right to be informed, in writing, of Marsy’s Law rights.

  2. The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy.

  3. he right, upon request, to reasonable and timely notice of all public proceedings and the right to be present at those proceedings.

  4. The right to be heard in public proceedings involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole, or in any proceeding that implicates a Marsy’s Law right.

  5. The right to confer with the prosecutor, upon request.

  6. The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt conclusion of the case.

  7. The right to refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request by an accused, except as provided by Article I, Section 10 of Ohio’s constitution.

  8. The right to full and timely restitution from the offender.

  9. The right to reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused.

  10. The right, upon request, to reasonable notice of escape or release of the accused.

These rights impact not just victims, but also law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and custodial agencies. Read more about these impacts.

Unfortunately, many victims do not understand how to access their rights. To help victims and professionals who support victims, the OCVJC has created a toolkit where you can review victim’s rights based on the type of crime, victim’s age, and other details. Using the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit, you can quickly identify which rights victims have and use tools to ensure these rights are upheld ensure these rights are upheld.

You can learn more about Marsy's Law on our website.
If you have a Marsy's Law question, email us at marsyslaw@ocvjc.org.

unnamed-9.png

unnamed-6.png

Below is an image sample from the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit. Here, you can quickly see a list of rights, with a description, information on if you need to specifically request this right or if it is automatic, and the category.

unnamed-7.png
unnamed-8.png

The toolkit has the following categories:

Visit the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit
www.VictimsRightsToolkit.org


Sign up below to receive our newsletter and updates.

OCVJC is Making Headlines!

ABC 13 Lucas County Marsy’s Law Training

NBC 24 Toledo Marsy’s Law Training

10TV Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center provides legal help to victims

Sunny95 Outstanding Women

The Women’s Book Get Inspired: Meet Catherine Harper Lee

Smart Business The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center advances its cause

Cleveland.com Ohio crime victims would have 'teeth' to enforce rights under proposed constitutional amendment, advocates say

Troy Daily News The hidden dangers of Issue 1

ABC6 Former Columbus police sergeant to serve 90 days in jail in child pornography case

My Daily Sentinel Locals attend Two Days in May Conference

State News Ohioans Overwhelmingly Approve Crime Victims' Constitutional Amendment Known As Marsy's Law

State News Ohioans Could Be Voting On A Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Ensure Victims' Rights

State News Ohio Has First-Ever Searchable Database For Info And Resources For Victims Of Crime

State News Crime Victims Working For "Marsy's Law" In Ohio

Cincinnati.com Did Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser publicly shame sex assault victim, Marsy's Law advocate?

Fox8 Marsy’s Law for Ohio: A push to protect the rights of crime victims

Cleveland.com After five years of delays, a Youngstown woman asks appeals court to force judge to put her accused rapist on trial

Dispatch Judge’s domestic-violence case delays challenged

My Daily Sentinel Being partners in the pursuit of justice

Cleveland.com Cleveland is target of more public records complaints than any other public entity in Ohio

The Vindicator Rights of victims are limited in plea negotiations in Ohio

Toledo Blade Crime victims argue for say in lenient plea agreements

WKYC3 Shawn Grate items advertised online for sale

10TV Domestic Violence victim wins day in court with help from Justice League

Fox19 Sexual assault victim ordered to undergo competency hearing

21WFMJ Youngstown rape victim wants suspect tried in 5-year-old case