Oklahoma Delays Commutation For Parole Decisions
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board decided to delay revisions to its commutation procedures until its members can familiarize themselves with a recent change in sentencing policy.
The state recently changed the way it handles good time behavior credits for inmates convicted of violent crimes.
Inmates required to serve 85 percent of the sentence can now accumulate credits from the start of their incarceration, rather than waiting until the 85 percent mark.
Under the old policy, they often had to serve more than 90 percent of their sentences.
The good behavior policy changes are expected to result in the release of 400 inmates by the end of the year.
Members of the board said they lack understanding of the new policy and how it would affect their efforts to revise commutation procured. Chairwoman Vanessa Price recommends the staff members meet with the Corrections Department to learn more about the reforms.
Alabama Law Passed Ordering Chemical Castration for Paroled Child Molesters
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the chemical castration of child molesters as a condition of their parole. The new law goes into effect in September.
Mother’s Day in Prison
Spending Mother’s Day in prison is pretty tough on both the incarcerated mom as well as the children on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible.