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Rep. Biggs: DOC Released Violent Criminals in Backroom Meeting

Sep 11, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

This is more than likely only the 1st of the press releases by legislators that wouldn’t pass the bill to allow change. It is the reason that if you don’t vote we will have that much more trouble making changes. Note he doesn’t say anything about the memo from the Governor’s office asking or ordering the change.

Rep. Biggs: DOC Released Violent Criminals in Backroom Meeting 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Scott Biggs said today that violent criminals released early on Thursday by the Department of Corrections will commit shocking heinous crimes again.

“It’s not a matter of whether these early releases will result in more crimes against friends and family, it’s a matter of when,” said Biggs, R-Chickasha.

The Grady County lawmaker says the early release of up to 400 violent criminals happened in a backroom meeting of the Board of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“If sometime during the day, you have that gut feeling that something is not right, you should listen to it, because as of yesterday, there is something not right,” Biggs said. “In a move that can only be described as Washington D.C.-style politics, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections took it upon themselves to set a meeting in Hominy, behind a security fence in the style of a backroom meeting, to release some of the worst criminals Oklahoma has locked up.”

While some may say releasing some of the worst criminals Oklahoma has is not a bad thing, one only needs to look at the track record of who the Department of Corrections has chosen to release early. 

Desmond Campbell, DOC #443602, the alleged serial rapist who victimized at least seven women in the Tulsa area and committed numerous other robberies and burglaries last year before his fatal car accident, was released early by DOC on his 2002 and 2006 convictions.

Alton Nolen, DOC # 634241, who has been charged with first degree murder for the beheading of a coworker in Moore last year, was released early by DOC on his 2006, 2009 and 2010 convictions.

“When the agenda for this meeting was published, I asked for an Attorney General Opinion on the actions of the Department of Corrections Board,” Biggs said. “These actions by the Department of Corrections Board have no regard for the crime victims, judges, sentences or the safety of Oklahomans in general.”

“Reform of the corrections system is needed, and I will continue the work I started last session to begin the reform with the low-level nonviolent and drug offenders who would benefit from substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment rather than releasing violent criminals.”

Biggs said there is a reason similar policies have failed several times in the Legislature. 

“There are a few of us who are fighting for and being the voice of the victims, fighting for those families who have lost a family member or friend, fighting for those children who had their happiness and innocence stolen from them, fighting for those victims who did not deserve the pain they have suffered,” said Biggs, a former assistant prosecutor. “It is not a matter of if one of these violent criminals will reoffend, but a matter of when. That is why I choose to stand up and fight for victims, the victims who have suffered and those innocent Oklahomans who will be next.”