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OBA Names New President, Vice President and Member at Large

OBA recently named Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Oklahoma as its new board president. Rusty Roberts of Tulsa and Ken Boyer, Jr. of Oklahoma City have also been appointed as vice president and member at large. Merrill was elected president of the board after previously serving as the vice president for the past five years. Merrill began his career in the …

Statement on announcement of Oklahoma Co. Criminal Justice Advisory Council

Earlier this week, the newly appointed Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council held its first meeting and elected local civic leader Clay Bennett as chairman. OBA hopes to be a partner in these efforts moving forward and assist local stakeholders in these crucial conversations. “We agree that criminal justice reform efforts should hold the value of public safety to the …

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Statement on Journal Record Article

On Thursday morning, the Journal Record published an article examining the use of OR bonds to alleviate overcrowding within the Oklahoma County jail system. OBA advised caution toward overuse of this method for pre-trial release. “Today, an article in the Journal Record was published discussing the OR program in Oklahoma County. While we do understand there are times an OR …

Statement on Rep. Scott Biggs Resignation

Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, announced his resignation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, effective immediately. Rep. Biggs spent his career advocating for victims’ rights and criminal justice. Following the announcement, OBA expressed gratitude for Rep. Biggs’ work as a legislator. “While we are sorry to see such a strong advocate for victims’ rights as Rep. Scott Biggs depart …