The victims’ rights amendment will focus on crimes against a person by granting Constitutional level rights like being informed about and being allowed to speak in certain court proceedings such as bail hearings and plea agreements; and being notified when the accused has a change in custody or is released from prison.
It guarantees equal rights to crime victims in a number of important ways including:
informing victims and their families about their rights and the services available to them,
- giving them the right to receive notification of proceedings and major developments in a criminal case,
- protecting their safety by notifying them in a timely manner regarding changes to the offender’s custodial status, and
- allowing victims and their families to exercise their right to be present - and heard - at court proceedings.