SB 1470

An Act relating to sentencing; creating the Oklahoma Survivors Act; providing short title; defining terms; directing courts to consider certain mitigating factors during sentencing and pleas; requiring defendants to provide certain evidence; allowing courts discretion to depart from applicable sentences; authorizing courts to impose lesser sentences under certain circumstances; providing for the introduction of certain arguments and testimony; allowing defendants with certain sentences to request an application for resentencing; requiring inclusion of certain information when making request; providing jurisdictional requirements; providing notice procedures when granting or denying requests; allowing defendants to request the appointment of counsel; directing court clerks to send notification to the appropriate district attorney; requiring the inclusion of certain evidence with applications; providing for denial of applications; establishing hearing procedures upon approval of applications; providing notice procedures for orders issued by the court; providing for the appeal of orders; allowing applicants to request the appointment of counsel; requiring time served to be credited toward sentence; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.

Waiting for House veto override
(Senate override successful)


2024 Regular Session


Restructures the penalties for domestic survivors convicted of crimes related to their abuse. Permits courts to take a survivor's documented abuse into account when considering the case and penalties. Documented abuse within 1-year must be demonstrated apart from a survivor's personal testimony. 

Lays out a schedule to realign and lower maximum prison sentences for both new convictions and those currently incarcerated. Currently incarcerated people only qualify for resentencing if their original sentence was 8 years incarcerated or over.  

December 20, 2023