- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Several government agencies have adopted a policy on releasing crime victims’ names that’s meant to comply with a new constitutional amendment.

Confusion has swirled since the passage of the amendment, which gives victims the right to privacy.

Officials in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha and Pennington counties and the state Department of Public Safety have agreed to the plan. The policy announced Wednesday says authorities will tell victims they have the right to prevent their information from being released. If victims don’t request privacy within three days, their names will be disclosed.

Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo says officials want to ensure victims have time to make a decision while also getting information out.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said in an opinion last week that the amendment requires victims to invoke their right to prevent disclosure.



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