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Victim Notification Bill Passes OK House

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – House Bill 1680, which gives victims clear and proper notification regarding the release of an offender, has passed in the house.

“As lawmakers, we have an obligation to ensure that Oklahomans are protected,” said House Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright. “Members of both parties recognized this obligation today, and we were able to push legislation forward that will help Oklahomans that have been a victim of a crime. This is a good example of a constituent and victims request for better notification prior to [the] release of a perpetrator or information that could dramatically affect a person or a family’s vulnerability.”

The bill requires the Department of Corrections to notify victims within 60 days and no less than seven days prior to an offender leaving state custody. The proposed law change would place the responsibility of notifying victims on the Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Information provided by Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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