another obstacle for crime victims, law enforcement

Anarba Groub
Chris Hicks

This opinion column was submitted by Christopher J. Hicks, the 37th Washoe County district attorney. He is running unopposed for re-election.

In 2018, Nevada voters overwhelmingly passed the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, or Marsy’s Law. This amendment to Nevada’s Constitution gave crime victims expressly stated and enforceable constitutional rights in the criminal justice process. However, bail reforms like those in New York, California and several other states recently have been enacted in Nevada that frustrate these voter-led efforts to help crime victims. More importantly, they are a risk to public safety and to victims.

Marsy’s Law was named after Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a university student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only a week after Marsy was murdered, Marsy’s mother walked into a grocery store after visiting her daughter’s grave and was confronted by the accused murderer. She had not been informed that he had been released on bail. Her story is typical of the pain and suffering crime victims endure. Nevada voters acknowledged, and began to cure, this injustice in passing Marsy’s Law, which requires fairness, protection and notice to crime victims.

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