The Fates of Key Criminal Justice Bills

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Signed by Governor

Senate Bill 603: Requires all offenders receive a validated risk and needs assessment that will educate providers on programs available to offenders; also mandates that the Department of Corrections create an individualized case plan for each inmates.

SB 604: Provides training for law enforcement related to domestic violence victim safety during the pretrial stage.

House Bill 2284: Provides training for public defenders, district attorneys and judges that will cover substance abuse, behavioral health, and impact and dynamics of domestic violence.

Failed to Advance but Still Alive

HB 2281: Would decrease the number of people incarcerated for low-value property crimes by making the theft of items valued at less than $1,000 a misdemeanor rather than a felony; is similar to State Question 780 but would include more crimes.

HB 2286: Would require development of an administrative parole process and establish training and eligibility requirements for Pardon and Parole Board members; also would make nonviolent offenders eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of their sentence but prohibit sentences going below the one-fourth threshold through earned credits.

SB 649: Would reduce the amount of extra prison time that nonviolent criminals can receive for being repeat offenders.

SB 689: Would allow judges and prosecutors more options in diverting people from prison to treatment and supervision programs. Would reduce fines and fees for some offenders.

SB 650:  Would lower the amount of time a nonviolent offender must wait to seek an expungement from 15 years to seven years.

SB 786: Would reduce the minimum sentence for second-degree burglary and create a third degree covering burglary of an automobile.

SB 793: Would create the Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force to track implementation and assess outcomes from recommendations made by Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force. The 17-member task force is to prepare and submit an annual report no later than the first day of the second full week of each regular session of the Legislature.

SB 609: Would require the attorney general to adopt and promulgate rules to create a voluntary certification program for victim assistance professionals based on guidelines from the National Advocate Credentialing Program Consortium.

Died in Conference Committee

HB 2290: Would expand the parameters of drug-court program objectives.