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OKG Newsletter

Topic: pardon

Fixing a role in parole


Harry Coates
The state Department of Corrections struggles financially every year because we have some of the most overcrowded prisons in the country.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Secret paroles?

Oklahoma County’s top prosecutor accuses the state Pardon and Parole Board of illegally considering the early release of some inmates.


Phil Bacharach
Tim Sharp was shocked when he heard from his aunt last month that the woman who had killed his father in a drunk-driving accident was up for parole. The inmate, Maelene Chambers, had served only four years of a 10-year manslaughter prison sentence for the 2006 death, and Sharp knew that manslaughter was one of more than 20 state crimes in which offenders were required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Parole division

State Question 762 asks voters to decide whether to remove the governor from nonviolent offenders’ parole decisions.


Tim Farley
Gov. Mary Fallin will not support State Question 762, which would take the state’s chief executive officer out of the loop in connection with parole cases involving nonviolent offenders.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From board to booked

Controversy erupts after District Attorney David Prater files criminal charges against the state Pardon and Parole Board.


Jerry Bohnen
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has met a storm of criticism since his March 13 filing of criminal charges against the state Pardon and Parole Board. In the wake of an investigation that began last summer, Prater has accused the board’s five members of repeatedly violating the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013