Why do we need to change the State Constitution?
Can’t we just change statutes to give victims equal rights?
Victims of crime are the persons most directly impacted by crime. They deserve to have rights that are recognized at the highest levels, just as accused and convicted criminals. When victims’ rights are only statutory then legally they are always less than those of the criminal who perpetrated the crime against them. Victims of crime will never be treated equally in Idaho until their rights are elevated to the constitutional level.