Tamiko Pugh, an author, and activist against domestic violence, lives in Austell. Below, she shares her story and why she supports Marsy’s Law for Georgia.
Republicans this week are set to nominate a candidate for governor who strongly supports Marsy’s Law for Georgia. Both candidates, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, have announced their support for adding crime victims’ rights to the state constitution.
Kemp recently recorded a statement in support of Marsy’s Law while out on the campaign trail.
“Victims and their families deserve to know when their attacker is back out on the streets,” Kemp said on the video. “Marsy’s Law guarantees that victims and their families receive notifications of court proceedings, including when the accused is released on bail. Join me Nov. 6 in protecting victims of crime; join me in voting for Marsy’s Law for Georgia.”
Likewise, Cagle championed passage of Marsy’s Law for Georgia through the state Senate, which voted unanimously this year to put the measure on the General Election ballot.
“These simple protections give victims the right to notifications from the legal system when there are important events in the legal cases of those who hurt them,” said Cagle. “They will be told when there’s a court hearing for the accused; they will be told when there’s a bail or parole hearing for the convicted. They will get the chance to speak in court if they wish and they’ll be able to give their input to the prosecutor. For victims, these rights give them the ability to take steps to protect themselves when the person who injured them is released from custody. For some, it could mean the difference between life and death.”
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018
Deal Signs Bill to Implement to Marsy’s Law
Legislation Goes Into Effect If Voters Approve Constitutional Rights For Crime Victims
Marsy’s Law for Georgia celebrated National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with victim advocate appreciation lunches across the state and by getting the iconic King and Queen buildings at the Perimeter of Atlanta to light their crowns purple.
The week of national recognition got a local presence when the Marsy’s Law for Georgia team secured a proclamation from Gov. Nathan Deal for Georgia Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and we started off the week with an oped sent statewide by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s office that told several harrowing stories about Georgia crime victims who faced life-threatening attacks because they weren’t notified of their offender’s release from prison. Cagle ended his piece with a direct appeal to Georgia voters for them to vote yes for Marsy’s Law in November.
The campaign participated in events throughout the state. A “Coffee Talk Community Forum” in East Lake and Safe Haven Transitional events in Jonesboro and Decatur provided information on victim resources available in these communities. Each event attracted 20 to 30 people and Marsy’s Law staff talked to every participant about how they can get involved in helping pass the constitutional amendment this November.
In Savannah and in Macon we sponsored victim appreciation luncheons to thank activists who’d volunteered their time to lobby their legislators to get Marsy’s Law for Georgia on the ballot. The Macon event was covered by a local television station.
We ended the week with a special recognition by the well-known King and Queen buildings at Ga. 400 and I-285 – one of the business intersections in the country.
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2018
Marsy’s Law for Georgia passes House 169-0
More than 250 Georgians filled the state Capitol February 1st wearing purple Marsy’s Law T-Shirts and ready to press the case for equal rights for crime victims.