Letter to the Editor

Marsy's Law for Iowa

Thursday, January 14, 2021

I have been in law enforcement for 30 years, and I have seen firsthand how the victims of violent crimes have so much trauma from the incident, that they need to have rights equal to the offender. For this reason, and many others, I support Marsy's Law for Iowa and encourage the Iowa Legislature to move forward on this issue.

Marsy's Law for Iowa would provide constitutional protections for crime victims in our state-things like the right to be notified of the status of the offender, the right of restitution, and the right to be involved in court proceedings, among other things. Marsy's Law would elevate these rights and also ensure they could never be stripped down or changed depending on who is in charge at the state capitol.

We must make sure that should an innocent person become the victim of a crime they know that they will be treated with dignity, respect and fairness when they are thrown into the criminal justice system, processing the most traumatic incident of their life.

I wholeheartedly support Marsy's Law.

Alan Krueger, Chief of Police, Arnolds Park Police Department