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State House passes Caitlin's Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A bill intended to make it easier to keep people accused of violent crimes in jail passed the state House Wednesday.

The bill is known as Caitlin's Law after 16-year-old Caitlin Wooten of Ada. Wooten was kidnapped and killed by her mother's ex-boyfriend about three weeks after the boyfriend was released on bail on a charge of kidnapping the mother.

The bill requires anyone charged with kidnapping to prove they're not a public danger before they are allowed to be released on bail.

It also allows for a statewide electronic notification system called Victim Identification and Notification Everyday -- or VINE -- to notify victims when offenders move through the criminal justice system.

The bill now goes back to the state Senate for a final vote.
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