Release: September 9, 2005
State Senator Jonathan Nichols (R-Norman) receiving a National
Crime Fighter Award and
being congratulated by the keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Dave
State Senator Jonathan Nichols Receives“Crime
From National Anti-Crime Group
RAINN recognizes Senator Nichols for his work on SB 646 to
expand the State
DNA Database to include all convicted felons
State Senator Jonathan
Nichols was presented with the “Crime Fighter Award”
from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The
RAINN Crime Fighter Award is a national honor bestowed on individuals
for leadership in fighting crime and helping victims.
According to the certificate of award, Senator Nichols
(R-Norman) was selected for his work on introducing and enacting
Senate Bill 646 which requires all convicted felons in Oklahoma
to submit DNA samples for the criminal DNA database system.
“It is a privilege to be able to do work that
I believe in and to be honored for doing that work is humbling,”
said Senator Nichols, a former prosecutor. “But there is
more to be done. I will continue working to pass legislation that
protects children and our communities and make sure that these
predators are taken off the streets and locked up in prison.”
Scott Berkowitz, RAINN founder and president, presented
the award at a Forensic DNA Luncheon in Seattle, Washington. The
Luncheon is held every two years, concurrently during the annual
meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators.
In presenting the award, Mr. Berkowitz said, “The
enactment of SB 646 will have a profound and lasting impact on
public safety in Oklahoma. Senator Nichols leadership on this
issue will result in getting many rapists and other violent criminals
off the streets, and will prevent additional Oklahoma residents
from being needlessly victimized.”
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was US Congressman
David Reichert (R-WA) who addressed the crowd of 100 guests. Prior
to being elected to Congress, Reichert was the acting Sheriff
who investigated and ultimately captured one of the worst serial
killers in US history known as the Green River killer.
Congressman Reichert stated, "I know first
hand from my experience in the Green River case how important
DNA evidence is to unlocking complex crimes and providing closure
to victims. Building up our DNA databases across the country is
common sense action to close cases and get offenders off our streets.”
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN
created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.
RAINN also publicizes the hotline's free, confidential
services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads
national efforts to improve services to victims and ensure that
rapists are brought to justice. With more than 1,100 local affiliates,
the National Sexual Assault Hotline has helped more than 900,000
victims of sexual assault.
Senate Communications Director
Lynn Parrish Communications Dir.
US. Rep. David Reichert