FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota voters have passed Marsy’s Law, Constitutional Amendment S, supporting victims’ rights. The Amendment received 60 percent of the vote.
"South Dakota voters have emphasized the importance and priority of helping victims. I am working to help our counties and to make sure victims are receiving the information that they need," said Jackley. “I have authorized 100,000 victim notification cards from our consumer fund settlements, and I am working to expand our state’s victim notification program to incorporate our new law from funding sources other than victim use fees or counties. Counties are already working on very tight budgets and putting the entire cost of program implementation on local government would not be in our best interest.”
With the passage of the law, constitutional requirements must be met including victim notification cards distributed to victims via law enforcement. The Marsy’s Card outlines all the victims’ rights and the process to invoke them.
Marsy’s Law expanded the definition of a victim and will require more access to the newly implemented Statewide Automated Notification System (SAVIN). SAVIN System, which was rolled out in August 2016, is a free, automated service that provides crime victims with vital information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Victims can access the SAVIN website at https://savin.sd.gov/portal/ or contact the call center at 1-844-299-4608.
See the link below for a copy of the Marsy’s Card, which includes a full list of victims’ rights.