President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2019
Sen. Darcy Jech and Sen. Stephanie Bice
criminal justice reform bills
Bills return to House for action
The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday advanced a series
of criminal justice reform measures that provide uniformity of certain
drug offenses, improve parole supervision, and cap excessive sentences
for nonviolent offenses, among other reforms.
“Oklahoma cannot continue to warehouse prisoners who need
substance abuse and medical treatment for their addiction and mental
health issues. This mentality has given us the highest incarceration
rate in the world, cost our state a tremendous amount of money,
and has torn families apart. The measures passed today strike the
balance between upholding public safety and moving forward with
comprehensive criminal justice reforms that will keep families together,
and get nonviolent offenders the treatment they need to remain productive
members of society,” said Senator Darcy
“The Legislature has made great strides in addressing Oklahoma’s
high incarceration rates and skyrocketing prison costs. We have
to keep the momentum moving forward to reform the system and these
measures are a huge part of the overall reform effort that are moving
us in the right direction,” said Senator Stephanie
Bice, R-Oklahoma City.
The bills advanced on Thursday by the Senate now return to the House
for consideration and include:
• HB 1100, authored in the Senate by Senator Bice, provides
clarity that certain evidentiary requirements be met for charges
of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to
distribute, and lowers currently high maximum sentences.
• HB 2009, authored in the Senate by Senator Bill Coleman,
R-Ponca City, caps maximum sentences for second and subsequent nonviolent
• HB 2273, authored in the Senate by Senator Jech, makes several
changes to the pardon and parole process including requiring the
Pardon and Parole Board to state the reason for denial of an application
for parole and suggest a course of remediation for the inmate.
• HB 2369, authored in the Senate by Jech, creates the Criminal
Justice Coordinating Commission to evaluate and make recommendations
on the creation of diversion programs. A report of the commission
to the Legislature is due February 1 and each year thereafter.
• HB 1373, authored in the Senate by Senator Julie Daniels,
R-Bartlesville, would direct occupational licensing boards to list
with specificity any disqualifying criminal convictions directly
related to such occupations.
• HB 2218, authored in the Senate by Jech, directs the court
to waive outstanding fines, court costs and fees if the offender
has secured admission to and is enrolled in an institution that
is a technology center, workforce training program or member of
state college or university. The bill also limits district attorney
supervision to no more than two years.
• HB 1927, authored in the Senate by Senator Darrell Weaver,
R-Moore, reduces the term of imprisonment for a person who commits
assault upon a medical care provider from two years to one year.
• HB 2310, authored in the Senate by Bice, would allow a person
convicted of a crime to select either the jury or the judge to assess
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565
Sen. Jech: (405) 521-5545
Sen. Bice: (405) 521-5592