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.
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