State House passes Caitlin's Law
Wednesday, April 26th 2006, 1:19 PM CDT
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.