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Oklahoma AG Says New Parole Provision Unconstitutional

Last year Speaker of the House Kris Steele sponsored HB 2131, which could make substantial changes on the ways paroles are handled in Oklahoma. The bill, which focuses solely on non-violent offenders, allows the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to make recommendations for parole which are then sent to the Governor for approval. The change is that if the Governor does not act on a favorable recommendation within 30 days, the parole is automatically deemed granted. In addition, the bill increased the number of offenders who would be eligible for an electronic monitoring program, established minimum requirements for members more »