Crime victims are often left in the dark after trials are over but the Illinois House has taken a big step to prevent that. They passed Marsy's Law for Illinois this week, which is a resolution to amend the state's Bill of Rights and offer more protections to the victim. Despite the fact that the Illinois Constitution and Illinois statutes guarantee crime victims certain rights, these rights are often violated and victims have no recourse.
HJRCA 29 gives victims the right to ask courts to keep them in the loop when hearings, trials, or even release dates are declared for their offenders. State representatives passed the proposal with a 116-to-two vote. It now heads to the Senate. If senators also agree to change the Constitution, the measure will be placed on the election ballot in November and voters will have the final say.