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Kentucky is one of only 15 states that does not provide constitutional protection for our crime victims, meaning over 30 other states already do so. None of these states have reported a significant number of filings, and we don’t expect Kentucky to be any different. Most professionals who work in the criminal justice system are truly well-intentioned and care deeply about crime victims. Simply passing Marsy’s Law will create a cultural shift within the justice system and more of a focus on ensuring that victims’ rights are provided from the outset. It is important to keep in mind that the justice system already deals with ensuring compliance with constitutional protections - for those who are accused and convicted. Courts understand the gravity of constitutional rights and of compliance. This is why having constitutional victims’ rights is vital.