About the charges
District Attorney David Prater alleges in the charges that the board members illegally voted on inmates' requests for early release without proper public notice.
He specifically alleges they violated the law by describing hearings on such requests as a “docket modification” on their agendas.
He alleges four board members willfully violated the law 10 times after receiving training on the Open Meeting Act in April 2011. He alleges Moore willfully violated the law nine times.
The board acted in a way “designed to hide potentially unpopular actions … from the citizens it serves,” Prater said in a news release Wednesday.
Board members have said they did not act in secret and that a docket modification only determined if an inmate would be put on the docket for a future meeting.
Board officials said the name of any inmate who made it on to a future docket would appear on the board's website, and the public would be informed then.
Last Friday, the board's defense attorney, Mack Martin, said, “Could things have been done differently or better? Absolutely. And, in all honesty, changes have been made to improve notice to the public. On the other hand, was the law broken? Absolutely not.”
The maximum punishment for a violation of the Open Meeting Act is a year in the county jail and a $500 fine.
Ballard lives in Coyle, Dreyer lives in Broken Arrow, Dugger and Harkins live in Oklahoma City, and Moore lives in Edmond, prosecutors said.