Although Oklahoma Law allows for the creation of misdemeanor drug courts, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has never received funding to create the program. Oklahoma Bail Bondsmen pay a processing fee to the State on every bond purchased. Annual OKC bail bond fees paid to the state add up to over 8.5 million dollars.
The top charges eligible for drug court are: possession of controlled dangerous substance, DUI, Burglary II, Larceny, and Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance. Each of these charges would have a $1,000 to $3,000 bail according to the amended Oklahoma Bail Bond schedule.
The average cost of drug court is $10,000 per person, compared to $19,000 for a year in prison. The average cost to detain someone with a serious mental illness is $23,000.
Under current law and city ordinances, OKC Police Department can write city tickets for marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Even though a person would be eligible for a personal recognizance release after 24 hour, an immediate release can be granted with an OKC Bail Bond for a nominal fee.
Under house bill 1482, anyone arrested for drug possession within 1000 feet or a day care, school, park, or playground will be charges with a felony.
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