Change to Parole Policy Draws Few Comments

Jan 7, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board plans a special meeting for January 14th to approve changes to the state's parole procedures.

The board's executive director, Terry Jenks, says the panel received fewer than a dozen comments after inviting the public to weigh in on the policy changes.

The board is reworking its policy after voters approved a state question that removes the governor from the parole process for nonviolent crimes. Governor Mary Fallin will still have the final decision in parole cases for people convicted of 63 types of violent crimes.

The special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. January 14th at Hillside Correctional Center in Oklahoma City. The Tulsa World reports that the parole board hopes to have the new policy in place before its January 22nd meeting.