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The week of April 6th, 2020, OK VOICES contacted numerous legislators with a CALL TO ACTION. We requested emergency legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic but also legislation that would apply after this crisis is over. Our plea was heard and acknowledged by an Oklahoma Senator whose office is working on a solution with the help of the Attorney General. Thank you!
THE ISSUE
Individuals, in order to comply with registration requirements have in various parts of the state, been unable to due to the lack of staff at law enforcement offices to receive them. Failure to register is a felony offense. A person making the effort but who cannot by no fault of their own, should not have to fear arrest.
THE PROPOSED OUTCOME
Suggestions were offered and examples of what other states are doing were given. Input as to how these offices should be managed and accountable to one central location or point of contact when discrepancies occur because no one is taking responsibility and law enforcement locations across the state are not maintaining reasonable business hours and/or providing adequate staff adding burdensome calls to DOC, probation officers and OK VOICES and none of us have the authority to help. It is our hope that formal legislation will be passed to accomodate these individuals and hold accountable these offices that have been making their own rules. We firmly believe law enforcements job is to enforce, not dictate, determine or exercise personal judgment in statutes already established by law. 

 

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