RALEIGH — The first statewide ad for the bipartisan victims’ rights amendment was released Tuesday. A radio ad calls for the passage of the amendment known as Marsy’s Law. A measure passed by the N.C. General Assembly orders the constitutional change to appear on Nov. ballots and would guarantee that victims of crime in North Carolina are informed about their rights and the services available to them and that they get notification of court proceedings and updates on developments in their criminal cases, including a perpetrator’s release or escape from prison.
“Our team is sharing this information through traditional media, social media, and directly to voters across the state — educating them about the important need for stronger rights in the Constitution,” said Chris Sinclair, campaign director for Marsy’s Law in North Carolina.
Thirty-five states already have some form of victims’ rights in their constitution, including California, Illinois, North and South Dakota and Ohio, which all passed Marsy’s Law in recent years. It is on the 2018 ballot in other states including Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Nevada and Oklahoma.