Oklahoma Prosecutor Meets with Parole Board Attorney

Jan 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County prosecutor has met with the attorney for the state Pardon and Parole Board as he investigates allegations the board violated the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.

The Oklahoman reported Monday that District Attorney David Prater and board attorney Mack Martin met Friday.

Prater believes the board violated the law about 50 times in the past three years by considering early release requests for inmates without proper public notification. No charges have been filed and board members say they acted legally under their authority to commute sentences.

State prosecutors are calling for a new law that would require inmates to apply directly to the governor for a commutation. The governor then would decide whether or not to get a recommendation from the parole board before taking action.

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