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Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board delays changing criticized procedure

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has put off for months changing a procedure that sparked a criminal investigation.
by Nolan Clay Published: December 5, 2012
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Dreyer told other board members, “Part of why we're even considering revising our policy was because of a realization that we weren't doing it as clearly and effectively as we could do it and so we stopped.”

Five inmates whose early release requests were pending will have to be reconsidered once the policy is changed, officials said.

The board Tuesday also asked for public comment on proposed policy changes dealing with State Question 762. The board plans to vote on the policy changes in January.

The state question — approved by voters in November — removes the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. The governor no longer has any say on whether nonviolent offenders are paroled. The governor still has the final say on violent offenders.

The proposals are posted on the board's website at www.ppb.state.ok.us.

Comments can be mailed to Tracy George, General Counsel, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, First National Center, 120 N Robinson Ave., Suite 900W, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Comments also can be emailed to Tracy.george@ppb.ok.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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