Feb. 26, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – As Washington County Sheriff, I am dedicated to keeping our communities safe. Over the course of my more than 25 years of service in the Sheriff’s Office, I have too often witnessed victims’ lives forever changed by the ruthless actions of criminals. Nobody asks to be the victim of a crime, but each year in Wisconsin, far too many innocent victims are thrown into the difficult legal system through no fault of their own.
That’s why I’m proud to be a supporter of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. It is bipartisan legislation to amend our state Constitution and give victims of crime equal rights in our legal system. Made up of common-sense provisions to ensure victims of crime are empowered throughout the legal process, this bipartisan legislation will help victims get justice, encourage more of them to come forward, and make all of our communities safer.
Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin has already generated huge and growing support around Wisconsin, with key endorsements from over 350 law enforcement leaders, survivors, victim advocacy groups and other stakeholders. Senator Darling along with Representatives Brandtjen, Gundrum, Ramthun and Knodl are the Washington County legislators who are among the over 50 bipartisan co-sponsors of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. Last session, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin was approved by strong bipartisan vote of 110-14. Earlier this year, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin was introduced for second consideration and approved by Senate and Assembly committees. The last steps in the process will be for the full Assembly and Senate to vote on the measure, and then turn it over to the voters for approval in a statewide referendum.
I am confident Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin will send a message of accountability to our criminals and will provide a stronger voice for victims.
Martin R. Schulteis
Washington County Sheriff
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