While the accused and convicted have numerous rights codified in the Pennsylvania Constitution, crime victims only have statutory protections. This creates an imbalance of justice, because victims have no recourse if their rights are violated.
Read more about Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania here.
Marsy’s Law passed the ballot in November 2019 with 1.7 million Pennsylvanians voting in favor. However, a court challenge is currently standing in the way of implementation of Marsy’s Law. In June 2020, the Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments from all parties; the case then proceeded before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which rendered a decision in December 2021. Please read OVA's statement regarding the decision here.
You can show your support for Marsy’s Law by using these images on social media:
If you feel your rights as a crime victim have been violated, please submit this form to OVA and a Victim Assistance Coordinator will get in contact with you.