Oklahoma Lawmakers held an interim study about Bail Reform on October 16, 2019. The majority of speakers recognized the importance of bail. OBA President Kenny Boyer and Legislative Chairman Raymond Merrill did an outstanding job educating everyone on the importance of bail.
Rusty Roberts spoke on behalf of the Associated Bail Agents of Tulsa and the strides they are making with the system.
Judge McCray from Oklahoma County agreed that over half of the folks released on programs failed to appear for the first court appearance.
Blake Green Cleveland County Undersheriff told the members that bondsmen locate and return clients who fail to appear, allowing the sheriff’s office to handle law enforcement responsibilities.
Cleveland County DA Greg Mashburn provided case after case of failed program releases. Here is the link to the afternoon session of the study.