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 utmost importance. We are confident that those sitting on the recently announced Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council will undertake their duties with diligence and holistic consideration of all potential ramifications, including failure to appear rates, the catch and release arrest cycle, and encroachment on victims’ rights.  

As partners in the criminal justice system, we support and are willing to assist the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the advisory council, elected officials and members of the media as we work to improve and preserve the safety of our communities.”

-Raymond Merrill, President of the Oklahoma Bondsman Association