Oklahoma lawmakers should reject effort to limit new parole law

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 19, 2012

Mashburn argued that under SQ 762, “the parole board gets to let them straight out without any checks and balances.” That's another way of saying he doesn't trust the five-member board or its staff, who do a tremendous amount of work each month. Case files include every offense committed by the potential parolee, providing board members a thorough look at the inmate's history. And those files are just one piece of the process.

The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council opposed passage of 762. Having lost that fight — voters gave it 59 percent approval — the strategy has turned to damage control before any damage has been done. The Legislature should reject these efforts.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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