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 benefit the Legislature when considering future legislation.

We are optimistic the upcoming interim study surrounding reform efforts in Oklahoma will yield a heightened understanding of the issues regarding criminal justice reform. Our hope is that the Oklahoma Legislature places priority on the best interests of our communities and citizens as it considers proposed reform legislation.

We believe a comprehensive solution to criminal justice reform can be reached that not only safeguards the public and supports victims’ rights, but also provides cost-savings to the state. We look forward to a collaborative discussion by the Legislature and the opportunity for bondsmen to play a role in Oklahoma’s implementation of successful reform efforts.”

-President of the Oklahoma Bondsman Association, Dudley Goolsby