Attorney General Forms Group To Look At Marsy’s Law Issues

Attorney General Marty Jackley is forming a task force to help interpret a new crime victims’ rights constitutional amendment and address issues caused by its implementation.

Jackley said Wednesday that the group of key members from the criminal justice system will help offer guidance for putting Marsy’s law into place.

The amendment establishes rights in the state constitution for victims including privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.

Since voters approved the amendment in the November election, it has caused some law enforcement agencies to limit information provided to the public about crimes in South Dakota.

Sioux Falls defense attorneys say people are facing longer jail stays because of delays caused by the new amendment.