Criminal justice council looks at cutting case delays

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

by Josh Dulaney


Local inmates tired of case delays may soon catch a break.

On Monday, the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council learned about possible funding for a data system assessment that would pave the way for various departments to share defendant information and push cases through more quickly.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said such a system is needed “from the time the person's picked up on the street by a police officer, all the way through the court system, so that every entity has access to that information.”

At any given time, various criminal justice departments may be looking at data that isn't current, such as a defendant's case, or the population of the Oklahoma County jail. In some instances, the wrong defendant can be brought into the court, which gums up the docket.

The first step in fixing the problem is looking at the systems used by police departments, the courts and jails, and figuring out how to link the information so that it is accurate and accessible.

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