Sunday marked the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. And the week of awareness is part of a push to expand victims’ rights in Florida’s constitution.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week runs from April 8 to the 14th . And to celebrate the occasion, Florida’s capitol building will be decorated in purple lighting every night. The lights serve as a reminder for equal rights to victims of crime.
Marsy’s Law for Florida, a victims’ rights advocacy group, is promoting the event. Currently the group is advocating for a proposal being reviewed by the Constitutional Revision Commission. The measure would expand the rights of crime victims to include the right to be present at any court proceeding related to their case, the right to speak at their perpetrator’s plea or sentencing hearing, and the right to be notified if their perpetrator has been released from prison.
If passed, the proposal will be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot.