Sunday, March 27, 2011

Oklahoma: Parole and the Governor

The Oklahoman reports that the State's "rate of parole for inmates is far too low and that this is costly — very costly — to taxpayers." A 2007 audit found the parole approval rate to be 18 percent and recommended that the governor be removed from all but the most "serious" cases. But, as of today, the governor still signs off on every parole and a new study finds the parole rate to be 11 percent. Since paroles are becoming "very uncommon" and "increasingly rare,” more inmates are opting to simply seek release without restrictions. The State legislature is considering a bill which would remove the governor cases involving nonviolent criminals, and would expand eligibility for "community sentencing and GPS tracking upon release." See complete story here.

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