Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Victims Rights in California

California voters have passed Proposition 9, a "victims' rights" measure aimed at strengthening the rights already afforded to victims by adding them to the State Constitution. Among other changes, the measure provides victims with a right to restitution from those convicted of crimes against them, while also preventing early release for criminals who may pose a danger to victims. Critics of the proposal argued that it would pose a significant economic risk to the state by preventing already-overcrowded facilities from releasing criminals prior to their scheduled date of release.



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