Oklahoma County prosecutor again questions parole board's actions
Oklahoma County district attorney questions how the state parole board changed the parole status of inmate Patricia Spottedcrow and others.
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Her attorney said she had to contact the governor's office Wednesday to clear up that Spottedcrow still could begin working — at a restaurant — while at the Hillside facility.
Six other inmates also have had their early release recommendations suspended, parole board Deputy Director J.D. Daniels said.
Prater was critical of the board again Wednesday, questioning how the statuses of the seven inmates could be changed without a public vote by the Pardon and Parole Board. He said his criminal investigation will include how the status changes were done.
The chairwoman of the Pardon and Parole Board agreed to a moratorium on certain early releases after Prater first made his accusations this month, Daniels said.
The chairwoman acted at the request of the governor and no board vote was taken, he said.
The governor's office said Wednesday: “Governor Fallin asked for a moratorium on early release cases out of an abundance of caution. The implementation of the moratorium was left up to the Pardon and Parole Board, which determined the parameters of the moratorium. The board expanded the parameters of the moratorium to include cases acted on by the governor.”
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