For Immediate Release: April 25, 2012
Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman on passage
of statewide public safety proposal
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman today
issued the following statement regarding the passage of House
Bill 3052. The measure was developed through the Justice Reinvestment
Initiative, and is intended to reduce crime while controlling
the growth of the state’s prison population.
"Oklahoma's criminal justice system is broken.
Our prisons are on an unsustainable fiscal path, and police in
our communities simply do not have the resources they need to
fight crime effectively," said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. "Today,
the state Senate moved to adopt a historic justice reform, one
that is tough on crime and fiscally conservative. Together, we
will reduce our violent crime rates, give our crime fighters the
tools to do their job, and put the state of Oklahoma on a path
toward a criminal justice system that keeps our families and communities
safe. I want to commend Senator Nichols for shepherding this important
bill to success in the Senate, and I applaud House Speaker Kris
Steele for his hard work and leadership on this issue."