Wisconsin is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
Wisconsin's amendment was ratified on April 6, 1993, and received the support of 84% of the electorate.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE I, SECTION 9m
Victims of crime.
This state shall treat crime victims, as defined by law, with fairness, dignity and respect for their privacy. This state shall ensure that crime victims have all of the following privileges and protections as provided by law:
- timely disposition of the case;
- the opportunity to attend court proceedings unless the trial court finds sequestration is necessary to a fair trial for the defendant;
- reasonable protection from the accused throughout the criminal justice process;
- notification of court proceedings;
- the opportunity to confer with the prosecution;
- the opportunity to make a statement to the court at disposition;
- and information about the outcome of the case and the release of the accused.
The legislature shall provide remedies for the violation of this section. Nothing in this section, or in any statute enacted pursuant to this section, shall limit any right of the accused which may be provided by law.