Nevada, April 18-24, 2021
As the world unites to find the strength and wisdom to defeat the COVID-19 virus we also continue to fight for the rights of victims of another kind.
“Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage.” This is the message of hope and inspiration from the US Department of Justice, and Office of Victims of Crime in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 18-24, 2021.
Here in Nevada, a total of 91,097 cases of “Index Crimes” including murder, rape, robbery, felony domestic violence, serious property crimes, and more, were investigated across the Silver State according to the FBI’s newest Uniform Crime Report from 2018.
Get ready to GO PURPLE! National Crime Victims’ Rights Week calls on citizens, community leaders, law enforcement and judicial representatives to remember victims of crime across America and provide them a voice and consideration through the judicial process, in these extraordinary times as we face the COVID-19 outbreak, and in brighter days to come.
Here in Nevada, we were proud to see residents vote YES for Marsy’s Law/Question 1 in November of 2018, which solidified Constitutional rights for crime victims statewide. Just like the suspects in criminal cases, Nevada victims of crime now have the right to a protected voice, information and consideration during the judicial process, from an arrest through the defendant’s release. A statewide list of RESOURCES and assistance organizations can be found on the Mary’s Law for NV website.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Activities in Nevada
– April 18-24th
– Businesses, organizations and individuals are being asked to GO PURPLE and post your GO PURPLE pictures on their social media using the taglines
#GoPurpleMLNV, #VictimsRightsNV or #NCVRW2021
– Add GO PURPLE photos to the Marsy’s Law for Nevada Facebook page
Marsy’s Law for Nevada Guarantees Crime Victims:
• The Right to receive information about their rights, and the services available to crime victims.
• Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process.
• Right to be notified of a defendant’s impending release and be protected from the defendant.
• Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case.
• Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case.
• Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case.
• Right to full and timely restitution.
GO PURPLE for Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24th
Schedule and staff permitting, locations around Nevada will turn their lights purple to recognize victims’ rights during National Crime Victims’ Rights week. Join the effort to bring awareness and post your photo on social media including the hashtags: #GoPurpleMLNV, #VictimsRightsNV or #NCVRW2021
History of Marsy’s Law
The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her family is working to secure a voice and protection for victims’ and their families, nationwide. Individual Marsy’s Law measures have now been approved in 12 states including Nevada. Nearly 140-million people, or 40-percent of all Americans, now receive protected rights under Marsy’s Law.
Marsy’s Law Media Contacts
Deborah Clayton & Kim Schofield
Facebook & Twitter: @NV.MarsysLaw.US