With Oklahoma’s prisons bursting at the seams, why aren’t more nonviolent offenders being considered for parole?
The Pardon and Parole Board granted early release in about one-third of the 2,458 cases it reviewed last year, which was an increase. Executive Director DeLynn Fudge said many more inmates are choosing not to be even considered for parole.
"Almost 4,800 people are waiving their parole, and we can’t parole them if we don’t see them," Fudge said.
Many inmates waive parole for one to three years in order to get out of prison on regular release.