The violent crime statistics were released about a month before voters will decide if the governor should be taken out of the pardon and parole process for all but violent crimes. This is the only state remaining where a governor is essentially asked to sign off on all parole recommendations.
Recent violent crime numbers peaked in 2008 with 18,128 incidents, compared with 17,630 last year.
So we don't know whom to thank. But we should all be thankful that violent crime is trending downward in Oklahoma.