Michigan is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
The amendment, submitted by Representative Bill Van Regenmorter, was passed by the state legislature during the 1988 session, and won an overwhelming 80% voter approval in the November 1988 General Election.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE I, SECTION 24.
RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIM; ENFORCEMENT; ASSESSMENT AGAINST CONVICTED DEFENDANTS.
Crime victims, as defined by law, shall have the following rights, as provided by law:
- The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
- The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.
- The right to notification of court proceedings.
- The right to attend trial and all other court proceedings the accused has the right to attend.
- The right to confer with the prosecution.
- The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing.
- The right to restitution.
- The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused.
- The legislature may provided by law for the enforcement of the section.
- The legislature may provided for an assessment against convicted defendants to pay for crime victims' rights.