Answer

Kentucky is one of only 15 states that does not provide constitutional protection for our victims, meaning that over 30 states already have constitutional victims’ rights. Prosecutors from these states report that providing constitutional rights to victims has - simply stated - not derailed the criminal courts. Speaking to a victim before finalizing a plea deal or a bail hearing (when possible) is best practice and something that most prosecutors do. The victim may have information that will be helpful to the prosecutor and the court. Most hearings are scheduled well in advance, giving ample time for these conversations to occur.