Moylan’s Bill to Empower Victims of Crime Sent to Governor’s Desk

05/29/2013

DES PLAINES, IL – State Rep. Marty Moylan’s (D-Des Plaines) legislation to ensure the families of crime victims have their voices heard throughout the criminal justice process passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s desk.

“This legislation gives victims and their families an opportunity to inform the court of the effects the crime had on them,” Moylan said. “Allowing this helps family members, spouses, and guardians of the victim the opportunity to seek closure and hopefully begin the healing process.”

House Bill 827 requires a court to allow a crime victim’s family members to submit impact statements during the sentencing phase of a trial, letting them explain how the crime has affected their daily lives. Current law prohibits family members from giving official victim impact statements. Under this legislation, prosecutors would be responsible for notifying crime victims of their family’s right to submit impact statements.

Since taking office, Moylan has worked hard to combat crime. He has introduced legislation, such as House Bill 3195, which cracks down on sex offenders who attack children by extending the minimum sentence for a first time offense from six years to 20 years.

“Crimes can have devastating effects on the victim and their family, and this bill attempts to empower the victim by allowing them to inform their family of their rights to submit an impact statement,” Moylan said. “I want to thank my colleagues in both chambers their support on this legislation and sending it to the governor’s desk. I strongly encourage the governor to take swift action and sign this important piece of legislation into law.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at (847) 635-6821 or by e-mail at staterepmoylan@gmail.com.

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