Marsy's Law

NACDL opposed Marsy's Law, a sweeping victims' rights constitutional amendment, in Florida. 

Marsy's Law, a victims’ rights constitutional amendment, bestows upon crime victims a vast array of often vague, difficult and costly to administer rights, including extensive notification, involvement, privacy, and restitution provisions, and enshrines them in state constitutions. This amendment has far-reaching consequences for state criminal legal systems across the country.

In 2018, NACDL conducted a social media campaign urging individuals to oppose Marsy's Law in several states, including Florida, where it was on the ballot. Unfortunately, Florida Amendment 6 (2018), which bundled Marsy's Law with changes in judicial retirement age and judicial deference, passed with 61.61% of the vote. 

Litigation (City of Tallahassee, Florida vs. Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc, Et Al) is ongoing regarding the question of whether Florida's enacted Marsy's Law applies to law enforcement officers who use force in the course of their role as an officer. 

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