Marsy's Law and Victims' Rights

In 2020, Kentuckians added an amendment to Section 26A of the Constitution of Kentucky in the form of Marsy's Law. This amendment, in conjunction with KRS 421.500 - 421.575, provides for the following:

  • Timely notice of all proceedings* 
  • Be heard in any proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, or consideration of pardon, commutation, granting of reprieve, or other matter involving the right of a victim
  • Be present at all proceedings, other than Grand Jury proceedings
  • Proceedings free from unreasonable delay
  • Consult with the attorney for the Commonwealth or designee
  • Reasonable protection from the accused
  • Timely notice of release or escape of the accused*
  • Have their safety and their family's safety considered in setting bail, the defendant's release and conditions of release
  • Full restitution to be paid by the convicted defendant
  • Fairness and consideration of the victims' safety, dignity, and privacy
  • Be informed of these rights and standing to assert these rights

* For timely notice of all proceedings and/or notice of release or escape of the accused, you must register for notifications using VINE.

To view the full text of the constitutional amendment, click here.

The following are resources created for victims of crime by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Handbook

Crime Victims' Information Guide

Victims' Rights Brochure