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 …

OBA mourns passing of Dudley Goolsby, Jr.

Dudley Goolsby, Jr., board president of the Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA), passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of Mr. Goolsby,” said Raymond Merrill, vice president of OBA. “He was a true pioneer for the Oklahoma bail bond industry, an exceptional leader for our association and an incredible friend and colleague. We …

Statement on Criminal Justice Reform Interim Study

An interim study surrounding criminal justice reform efforts led by Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, has been scheduled for October 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Room 535 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The study will include reviewing violent and nonviolent crime classifications, and reform efforts in other states. OBA expressed appreciation of the studies and potential for insight that could …

Oklahoma State Legislature Special Session Announced

The Governor of Oklahoma filed an Executive Order earlier this month calling for a special session of the Oklahoma State Legislature. The First Extraordinary Session of the 56th Legislature is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Special session subjects for the Legislature’s consideration include: The immediate budget shortfall created by the loss of the $215 million …

OBA Announces Election of Two New Board Members

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) has announced the election of two members to the organization’s board of directors. Laurie Poole and Byron Self have been selected by their peers to serve on the board and will be responsible for representing their designated areas in Oklahoma as well as provide management of OBA affairs within their districts. “Both of these individuals …

Statement on New Jersey Bail Reform Lawsuits

Last year, New Jersey became one of the first states to enact major bail reform initiatives. Two lawsuits have since been announced displaying the critical issues surrounding imprudent bail reforms. Following those lawsuits, OBA advised vigilance to avoid making similar mistakes in Oklahoma. “Unsound bail reforms threaten basic civil liberties of Americans and public safety. Following reforms enacted last year …

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 …