New Jersey is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
The amendment was passed by the New Jersey legislature and ratified by the voters in November, 1991. The amendment received the support of 85% of the voters.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE I, PARAGRAPH 22.
A victim of a crime shall be treated with fairness, compassion and respect by the criminal justice system, shall not be denied the right to be present at public judicial proceedings except when properly sequestered in accordance with law or Court Rule prior to completing his or her testimony as a witness, and shall be entitled to those rights and remedies as may be provided by the Legislature. For the purposes of this paragraph, the phrase "victim of a crime" shall mean: a) a person who has suffered physical or psychological injury or has incurred loss of or damage to personal or real property as a result of a crime or an incident involving another person operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and b) the spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent,child or sibling of the decedent in the case of a criminal homicide.