Sunday, March 22, 2009
The Associated Press reports that the State's Pardon and Parole Board is being asked to consider commuting the sentences of 7 prisoners serving life sentences for murder convictions dating back to the 1970s. Last year, the Board recommended that Governor Brad Henry grant the seven parole, but the recommendations were returned with the suggestion that the Board consider commuting the sentences to a fixed number of years. It is reported that the return was "unusual" in that "the governor usually chooses to go along with the recommendation or says no." See story here.