Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board cancels special meeting

Already under investigation for possible violations of the state Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board canceled a special board meeting Tuesday to avoid potentially violating the law again.
by Randy Ellis Published: August 22, 2012
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Jenks said staff members put the agenda together in a hurry, which resulted in the unclear language.

Agenda items

The “Discussion and Subsequent Vote” language, listed as item I on the agenda, actually referred to potential actions concerning items II, III and IV on the agenda, he said.

In addition to reviewing suggestions for improving openness and transparency, the other agenda items were to include a review of security at Pardon and Parole Board meetings and “breaking any tie votes from August 2012 Pardon and Parole Board Meeting.”

The agenda didn't say what tie votes were to be considered.

Prater declined to comment on Tuesday's canceled meeting agenda.

He previously criticized board members for bringing inmates up for early release consideration under “an obscure, recurring agenda item” labeled “docket modifications.”

Prater said that item gave “no notice to the public” of what business the board would be conducting.

Prater said his criminal investigation of the board is continuing.

Jenks said the Pardon and Parole Board's special meeting likely will be rescheduled for Friday.

View the Pardon and Parole Board's cancelation notice for...
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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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