Has an economic analysis been done on the costs associated with implementation?
This is an excellent and legitimate question that should be considered in any debate of new public policy. Several years ago, an independent group studied the costs of implementing Marsy’s Law for Idaho. The analysis showed the costs of implementing the notification requirements would be minimal, and overall just a fraction of the tens of millions of dollars dedicated each year to the state’s public safety budget. The minimal cost is attributed in large part to the fact that Idaho voters approved the Victims’ Rights Amendment in 1994. This established many of the rights that Marsy’s Law tries to establish for crime victims in other states, including the right to be heard and notified. As a result, Idaho has already created an effective notification system, called the VINE Network, which is used by most counties to notify victims when offenders are released or when court dates are scheduled.