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My family has been deeply affected by crime and we continue to mourn the tragic loss of our son, who was killed in 2015.

That’s why I’m a supporter of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, bipartisan legislation to amend our state Constitution and give victims of crime equal rights in our legal system.

If passed, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin would place additional victims’ rights in the Constitution and strengthen the rights that are already in it, so that victims’ rights are not automatically trumped in the courtroom by those of their attackers.

For example, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin would expand on victims’ current constitutional right to be heard, making clear victims will have a voice not just at disposition but at additional proceedings like bail, plea and parole — any time the attacker could be released and the victim could be in danger.

This bipartisan legislation has passed key hurdles in the Legislature and was approved in both houses with broad support from lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

But there are many more votes to go to make this a reality -– in order to amend our Constitution and guarantee victims’ rights like those criminals already have, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin must be passed twice in the  Legislature, then supported at the ballot box by voters.

Contact Sen. Jennifer Shilling and tell her to take the “I Stand With Crime Victims” pledge and make a commitment to support equal rights for crime victims.

Diane Schumacher, Norwalk

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