Phone: (918) 596-5790 Fax: (918) 596-4588
Phone: (918) 596-8844
Carol Watson, Margaret Locust, Debra Havellana, Angela Stewart
Tulsa County Court Services
Tulsa County Courthouse
500 South Denver, Room B3
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Phone: (918) 596-5795
David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center
300 N. Denver Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 596-4950
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Court Services Mission Statement
To provide quality court services while enhancing
public safety for the citizens of Tulsa County.
The Tulsa County Pretrial Release program became known as the Tulsa County Division of Court Services in January of 2001. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously moved to expand an already successful pretrial program to a more diverse program to better serve the courts of the 14th Judicial District.
Current Services Include:
Unsupervised Pretrial Release
Supervised Pretrial Release
Special Needs Pretrial Release
Pre-Sentence Court Ordered Supervision
Post-Sentence Court Ordered Supervision
Pre-Sentence Investigation Reporting
Indigent Urinalysis Testing
Monitored Schedule for Pre and Post Sentence Offenders
Electronic Monitoring Supervision
Offender Alcohol Monitoring
Mental Health Jail Diversion Participation
Community Services Program (Adult and Juvenile)
Community Sentencing Participation with Team Members
Drug Court , Mental Health Court and Veterans Court Participation with Team Members
Women In Recovery Supervision
Absconder Location Services
Other court related services as ordered by the respective courts on a daily basis
1963: The Tulsa County Bar Association instituted the original Pretrial Release Program. The program dealt primarily with misdemeanor offenders in the city jail. Soon after its inception, the need for release of non-violent felony offenders was realized with V.I.S.T.A. volunteers being utilized in the daily operation of this fast growing program.
1966: New Day, Inc. assumed supervision of the V.I.S.T.A. volunteers assigned to the pretrial release project in October of 1966. The success of the program was such that Attorney General Robert Kennedy invited a representative of the program to speak to the National Conference of Criminal Justice.
1970: New Day, Inc. requested and was granted funding from the Oklahoma Crime Commission for full time operation.
1973: New Day, Inc. requested and was granted funding from City of Tulsa Revenue Sharing Funds to replace the expired grant funding.
1974: New Day, Inc. requested and was granted funding from the Board of County Commissioners for Federal Revenue Sharing Funds.
1975: The City of Tulsa and the County of Tulsa provide joint funding for the program.
1978: New Day, Inc. requested and was granted office space in the County Courthouse.
1980: The pretrial release criteria was expanded. Many members of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the elected officials of the county believed it violated a defendant's 14th Amendment rights to be held in jail if they were too poor to post bail. Through the power of the courts, all first time offenders charged with a non-violent crime were to be considered for release.
1983: New Day, Inc. becomes Tulsa County Pretrial Release. Due to serious jail overcrowding, the Board of County Commissioners was directed by the court to implement and operate a pretrial release program.
1985: Due to jail overcrowding, Pretrial Release expands to a 24 hour operation.
1986: Adult Community Service begins.
1992: Juvenile Community Service begins.
1994: Inmate Work Program begins.
2000: Additional supervision methods and electronic monitoring is utilized.
2001: Pretrial Release becomes Tulsa County Division of Court Services.
2002: Oklahoma Legislature passes Pretrial Act.
2005: Indigent / court requested urinalysis testing begins.
2006: Advanced electronic monitoring services with enhanced techniques utilized / Portable Breath Testing (PBT) begins.
2007: Advanced urinalysis testing begins.
2009: SCRAM Alcohol Monitoring begins. Supervising Women in Recovery (WIR) clients begins.