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Kansas

Kansas is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.  Its constitutional amendment was ratified by 84% of the voters in the 1992 November General Election.

The amendment reads as follows:

ARTICLE 15, SECTION 15

VICTIMS' RIGHTS.

(a) Victims of crime as defined by law shall be entitled to certain basic rights, including the right to be informed of and to be present at, public hearings, as defined by law, of the criminal justice process, and to be heard at sentencing or at any other time deemed appropriate by the court, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed as creating a cause of action for money damages against the state, a county, a municipality, or any of the agencies, instrumentalities, or employees thereof. The legislature may provide for other remedies to insure adequate enforcement of this section.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize a court to set aside or to void a finding of guilt or innocence or an acceptance of a plea of guilty or to set aside any sentence imposed in any criminal case.