PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says that government entities aren't automatically blocked from releasing information about crimes to the public under a new victims' rights constitutional amendment.
Confusion has swirled since voters approved the amendment in November. It establishes rights for victims, including privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.
Jackley said in an attorney general's opinion released Monday that the amendment requires victims to invoke their right to prevent disclosure of information or records.
The amendment has caused law enforcement agencies, including Sioux Falls police, to stop providing details such as the exact locations of crimes or the names of victimized businesses.
Attorney general opinions offer guidance on legal issues until the Legislature changes the law or a court rules on them.
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12/5/2016 5:55:29 PM (GMT -7:00)