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State Victims' Rights Amendments

Wisconsin


  • A state Constitutional Amendment for Victims' Rights was passed in April, 1993.
  • The amendment was passed by 84% of voters.

Amendment Text

ARTICLE I, SECTION 9m – VICTIMS OF CRIME

This state shall treat crime victims, as defined by law, with fairness, dignity and respect for their privacy. This state shall ensure that crime victims have all of the following privileges and protections as provided by law:

  • timely disposition of the case;
  • the opportunity to attend court proceedings unless the trial court finds sequestration is necessary to a fair trial for the defendant;
  • reasonable protection from the accused throughout the criminal justice process;
  • notification of court proceedings;
  • the opportunity to confer with the prosecution;
  • the opportunity to make a statement to the court at disposition;
  • restitution;
  • compensation; and
  • information about the outcome of the case and the release of the accused.

The legislature shall provide remedies for the violation of this section. Nothing in this section, or in any statute enacted pursuant to this section, shall limit any right of the accused which may be provided by law.



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