Oklahoma Senate Bill 689: Criminal procedure; judgments and execution of sentences; pilot program; sentencing powers of the court.

This Oklahoma bill, which did not pass, would have amended statutes related to life without parole sentences, payment plans for fines and fees, and how the requirement of restitution can affect conditions of supervision. The bill designated the court or court official with the authority to oversee hearings regarding payment plans and supervision, and set a standard for the court to consider the needs of people who are indigent or otherwise in need of financial accommodations.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

Key Provisions
  • Fines, fees, and other court costs would have been waived for people who are admitted to an institution that is a member of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, a technology center school, or workforce training program.
  • The time limit for criminal justice supervision would have been lowered from three years to two years, and supervision could only be extended past two years for the purposes of satisfying restitution payments.
  • Defendants would have been able to request a hearing to establish a payment plan, and each payment would be no more than 10% of a person’s discretionary income.
  • Unless a probation officer determined that failure to pay fines and fees was willful, a person’s probation would not be revoked for nonpayment.
  • After an individual successfully completed the Delayed Sentencing Program for Young Adults, the individual would have been released and the verdict or plea of guilty or “no contest” would have been expunged from their record.
Greg Treat