Haynes/Burks Victim Life Photo Bill

The District Attorneys General Conference is working to get a bill passed that is simple, common sense legislation – Haynes/Burks Victim Life Photo Bill, HB1524/SB1726.   The Bill states:

In cases involving the death of the victim, or where the victim of a violent crime is unable to be present or to testify at a hearing because of the victim’s existing physical or mental illness or infirmity, a photograph depicting the victim prior to the crime shall be admitted at trial, to be entered during the state’s case-in-chief, if such photograph is submitted by the prosecution and is a reasonable depiction of the victim.

Update
The bill is being sent to a summer committee and will not be considered again this legislative session.  TVFV will work with district attorneys, victim advocates, crime survivors, and concerned citizens to bring this bill back to life next year.  Join our mailing list for updates on this legislation and other issues impacting crime victims.

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