Proposed Victims' Rights Amendment to the US
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the
rights of crime victims.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein),
That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of
the United States, which shall be valid for all intents and purposes as part of
the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the
several States within seven years from the date of its submission by the
Congress, and which shall
take effect on the 180th day after ratification of this article:
"SECTION 1. The rights of victims of violent crime being vital to a system of
ordered liberty and being capable of protection without abridging the rights of
those accused or convicted of victimizing them, the rights of any such victim to
full consideration and fair treatment in the prosecution and punishment of crime
shall not be abridged by any State or the United States.
"SECTION 2. Victims of violent crimes shall have the rights to timely notice of
any release, escape, and public proceeding involving the crime; not to be
excluded from such proceedings; to be heard at release, plea, sentencing,
commutation, and pardon proceedings; and not to be subjected to undue delay, or
to decisions that disregard their safety or their just claims to restitution;
nor shall these rights be restricted, except when, and to the degree that,
compelling necessity dictates.
"SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to provide grounds for a
new trial or to authorize any claim for damages.
"SECTION 4. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate