Crime victims earn more protection under new Florida law

Irina Baranova

This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to raise awareness of the importance of crime victims’ rights and to mark the milestones achieved in the crime victims’ rights movement.

Here in Florida, it is also a time to celebrate another significant step we have taken forward with the legislature’s recent passage of the Victims of Crimes Bill. Our deepest appreciation to the Florida Legislature, and bill sponsors Sen. Danny Burgess and Rep. Colleen Burton, for advancing this bill which achieves two important goals for crime victims.

First, the bill conforms the crime victims’ rights language currently in Florida statute to the amended language voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of and placed in the Florida Constitution in 2018 when they passed Marsy’s Law for Florida. The language in the state constitution that specifies 18 clear, enforceable rights for victims will now be mirrored in statute.

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