Statement on Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act

With criminal justice reform efforts sweeping the nation, two US Senators are seeking to replace money bail. OBA has expressed its concern for public safety following the announcement of the bill. “Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul have proposed legislation, titled the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, that seeks to replace money bail across the nation. While the legislation outwardly …

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Oklahoman Q&A with Dudley Goolsby

Paula Burkes Q&A with Dudley Goolsby in the July 19 edition of The Oklahoman. Q: What does a bail bondsman do? A: A bail bondsman puts forth money or property as bail for the release of an accused person. A bondsman doesn’t directly release the accused from jail, but rather is paid a fee by an accused person or their …

Statement on Interim Studies Announcement

Oklahoma State House Speaker McCall announced the approved interim studies to take place later this year, several of which examine criminal justice reform efforts. The announcement comes at a time of concern for public safety and confusion surrounding classifications of violent vs. non-violent crimes following the enactment of SQ 780 and 781. “Yesterday afternoon House Speaker McCall announced the format …