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Oklahoma State Senate
President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5636

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For Immediate Release: April 14, 2009

Sen. Glenn Coffee
Sen. Glenn Coffee

COFFEE, SENATE STREAMLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE FUNCTIONS

The State Senate passed President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee’s bill that aids in streamlining government.

In an effort to improve efficiency and accountability at the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center (CJRC), Senator Coffee’s legislation moves the CJRC out of the Legislative Service Bureau and reassigns its functions and staff to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and the Attorney General.

“Moving the statistical and research functions of the Criminal Justice Resource Center to OSBI will help improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the Resource Center,” stated Coffee. “The OSBI is Oklahoma’s elite law enforcement agency, and it has decades of experience collecting and disseminating statistics on crime, so merging CJRC with OSBI seems like a natural fit as the Legislature looks for ways to streamline government.”

House Bill 1676 would send most of the Resource Center’s functions and employees to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), including the Resource Center’s statistics and research division and the Offender Data Information System (ODIS) that provides computer equipment and software to local law enforcement. The bill creates an Office of Criminal Justice Statistics at the OSBI.

House Bill 1676 will now go back to the House for final passage.

For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee's Office: 405-521-5636

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