Humphrey Repeats Request for AG to Investigate Probation Funds

Saturday, 13 April 2024 07:19

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OKLAHOMA CITY –Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, this week sent a second letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond requesting an investigation into Oklahoma district attorney’s collection of probation supervision fees.

Humphrey said he’s delivered a thorough report to the AG’s office alleging the fees are being collected illegally and that supervision fees are being concealed.

“This is an elaborate conspiracy that is equivalent to a money laundering scheme and a fraud on the State of Oklahoma,” Humphrey said. “This allows the DAs to ignore an appellate court order that the fees they collect must be used for the ‘actual act of supervision.’”

Humphrey said legislation gave DAs authority to conduct DA supervision and to collect a $40 supervision fee, but the fee must be solely used to fund supervision, and that the DAs must do the actual supervising. He alleges the DAs are collecting fees to fund their agency without providing the required supervision of Oklahomans on probation.

The AG rebuffed Humphrey’s previous claim, so Humphrey has again sent a letter and further evidence to the AG to support his claims.

“I am certain a proper investigation of DA supervision will reveal it is inconceivable that thousands of offenders would actually be supervised by the limited number of staff assigned to DA supervision,” he said.

He also asks the DAs to define “actual supervision” and to point to a line-item budget figure that shows their actual supervision funding.

Click the link below to read the letter.

Justin Humphrey serves District 19 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes Choctaw and Pushmataha counties and parts of Atoka and Bryan counties.

AG Drummond Letter.doc

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