Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2011
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Senate approves ‘smart on crime’
The full Senate has given its approval to a bill expanding
community sentencing programs and GPS monitoring for nonviolent
offenders. Senate author Patrick
Anderson said House Bill 2131, which was approved Wednesday
with a bipartisan vote of 44 to 3, would save taxpayer dollars while
ensuring the state’s most dangerous criminals are kept behind
bars. Anderson said Oklahoma currently spends $500 million on adult
“The amount of money we spend on incarceration continues to
skyrocket,” said Anderson, R-Enid. “Expanding community
sentencing and GPS monitoring for nonviolent offenders will save
millions of dollars and still ensure the public is protected from
the state’s most dangerous offenders. This is just good public
HB 2131 would enact several key reforms, including:
• Expanding eligibility for community sentencing programs
and mandatory supervision. The cost of community sentencing is approximately
$3.50 per day.
• Expand eligibility for GPS monitoring. The cost for GPs
is about $4.75 per day compared to $38 per day for minimum security
• For the first time, would establish qualification requirements
for Parole Board members, including a minimum bachelor’s degree
in social science or at least 10 years of experience in criminal
justice, law or counseling. These qualifications would enable board
members to better determine which offenders should remain incarcerated
and which are ready for parole.
• Limits the Governor’s role in the parole process for
nonviolent offenders. The measure would NOT remove the Governor
from the parole process. The Governor would still be required to
take action on parole recommendations for those convicted of violent
crimes as well as crimes involving the exploitation of children
and vulnerable adults.
Anderson said the corrections recommendations were the result of
a joint effort by representatives of the District Attorneys Council;
the Court of Criminal Appeals; District Court Judges; the Department
of Corrections; and a bipartisan group of House and Senate members.
HB 2131 now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.
For more information contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630