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Montana

Unlike thirty-two other states, Montana does not have a victims' rights amendment to its constitution. However, in November of 1998, 71% of Montana voters approved a constitutional amendment broadening the purposes of the criminal justice system, to include restitution to the crime victim.

The amendment reads as follows:

Article II, Section 28

Criminal justice policy -- rights of the convicted.

(1) Laws for the punishment of crime shall be founded on the principles of prevention, reformation, public safety, and restitution for victims.

(2) [relates to rights of the defendants]