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Giving my pain a purpose: Why I support Marsy’s Law to protect crime victims in Tennessee

OP-ED by Marianne Dunavant - Victim Outreach Director, Marsy’s Law for Tennessee.


Anyone can become a victim of crime at any time — although I never thought I would become one.

Marsy’s Law for Tennessee Calls on Sheriffs Notify Crime Victims When Inmates Released Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

NASHVILLE – As Tennessee’s 95 sheriffs grapple with the decision to release inmates to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in their local jails, Marsy’s Law for Tennessee is reminding them of their constitutional duty to notify crime victims of an inmate’s release.

Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Constitutional Amendment to Support Victims of Crime

For Immediate Release                                                              

February 18, 2020


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Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Constitutional Amendment to Support Victims of Crime


Nashville, Tenn. - State Senator John Stevens of Huntingdon and State Representative Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain have introduced legislation that would strengthen the rights of crime victims in Tennessee’s state constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 885 and House Joint Resolution 822, known as Marsy’s Law, will ensure that victims of crime have equal, constitutional rights on the same level as those accused and convicted of crimes.