Colorado is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
During the 1991 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, supporters kicked off the Colorado campaign to pass a constitutional amendment. Two weeks later, the amendment had passed both the Senate and the House, and was signed by the Governor. Comprehensive enabling legislation was also passed in 1992. The amendment was ratified with support from 86% of voters in the November 1992 General Election.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE II, SECTION 16a.
RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS.
Any person who is a victim of a criminal act, or such person's designee, legal guardian, or surviving immediate family members if such person is deceased, shall have the right to be heard when relevant, informed, and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process. All terminology, including the term "critical stages", shall be defined by the General Assembly.