Ohio is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
Ohio passed amendment in both houses of the legislature during the summer of 1994. The amendment was ratified in November of 1994 with 77% voter-approval.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE I, SECTION 10a
Victims of criminal offenses shall be accorded fairness, dignity, and respect in the criminal justice process, and, as the General Assembly shall define and provide by law, shall be accorded rights to reasonable and appropriate notice, information, access, and protection and to a meaningful role in the criminal justice process. This section does not confer upon any person a right to appeal or modify any decision in a criminal proceeding, does not abridge any other right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States or this Constitution, and does not create any cause of action for compensation or damages against the State, any political subdivision of the State, any officer, employee, or agent of the State or of any political subdivision, or any officer of the court.