Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 3, 2010
Sen. Dan Newberry
Senate Advances Proposal to Enable Electronic Monitoring
of Sex Offenders
The state Senate on Wednesday
approved legislation allowing Oklahoma law enforcement officials
to electronically monitor the state’s most dangerous sex offenders.
Authored by Sen. Dan
Newberry, Senate Bill 2301 would make electronic monitoring
devices mandatory for all Level Two and Three sex offenders who
have been released from custody. Newberry explained that Level Two
and Three offenders are considered the state’s most dangerous.
“These are the most heinous crimes – kidnapping for
sexual exploitation, rape in the first degree and soliciting sexual
conduct with a minor,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “This
is legislation that can protect the most vulnerable members of our
society from the kind of people capable of committing crimes of
unimaginable horror. Today we took action to protect the lives of
children, the lives of women and the lives of citizens at the greatest
risk of harm and exploitation.”
Newberry cited a Florida State University study showing that GPS
monitoring resulted in a significant deterrent for offenders. The
study found that within a group of paroled or supervised sex offenders,
300 attempted murders were recorded. In an actively monitored group,
only one attempted rape was recorded over the same period of time.
“Today we are not talking about an onerous penalty, but about
protecting the lives of women and children,” Newberry said.
“I believe that when we ultimately look at the numbers, we
will find that when on an active monitoring device, the people in
these categories will be less likely to reoffend. I’m pleased
by today’s vote and I look forward to working with my colleagues
as the measure advances through the legislative process.”
Sen. Debbe Leftwich, who spoke in favor of the proposal, said
the Legislature must continue to do everything in its power to protect
the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“This is an important proposal that provides a strong deterrent
for those who would prey on the weakest and most vulnerable members
of our society,” said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City. “We
already understand the importance of monitoring individuals who
have shown a pattern of violent behavior to women or children, and
this proposal takes a logical step toward electronic monitoring
for the most active and dangerous sex offenders. With our state
currently ranking ninth in the country in the number of women murdered
by men, our Legislature must do more to provide protection.”
Senate Bill 2301 now advances to the House for consideration.
more information contact:
Sen. Newberry: 405-521-5600