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State Question 762

State Question No.:  762 View Full Text: PDF document  Legislative Referendum No. 360
RESOLUTION OR BILL NUMBER:SJR 25
CITATION:Amends Article 6, Section 10
SUBJECT:Modifies the power and authority of the Governor and Pardon and Parole Board in the parole process for nonviolent offenders
ELECTION DATE:

Next General Election, November 6, 2012 OKLA. CONST. Art. 24, ?1BALLOT TITLE:

This measure amends Section 10 of Article 6 of the Oklahoma Constitution. It changes current law, decreasing the power and authority of the Governor by removing the Governor from the parole process for persons convicted of certain offenses defined as nonviolent offenses. It enlarges the power and authority of the Pardon and Parole Board by authorizing that Board, in place of the Governor, to grant parole to persons convicted of certain offenses defined as nonviolent offenses.
The Legislature defines what offenses are nonviolent offenses and the Legislature may change that definition.
The measure authorizes the Pardon and Parole Board to recommend to the Governor, but not to itself grant, parole for persons convicted of certain offenses, specifically those offenses identified by law as crimes for which persons are required to serve not less than eighty-five percent of their sentence prior to being considered for parole and those designated by the Legislature as exceptions to nonviolent offenses. For those offenses for which persons are required to serve a minimum mandatory period of confinement prior to being eligible to be considered for parole, the Pardon and Parole Board may not recommend parole until that period of confinement has been served.

Re: State Question 762

  • My reading on this showed that Oklahoma is the only state that currently includes the governor in this process for non violent offenders and her approval usually takes ~9 months after the parole board makes a recommendation (at an average cost per day of $22 per person). 
  • The pardon and parole board has recently been under investigation for misconduct. At this point, I wouldn't be giving them more of a free reign. Also the private prisons make money every time an inmate is accepted into their facility. Allowing for early release means a chance the inmate will commit another crime and be booked back into the system. In turn making more money for the prison. 
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    The pardon and parole board has recently been under investigation for misconduct. At this point, I wouldn't be giving them more of a free reign. Also the private prisons make money every time an inmate is accepted into their facility. Allowing for early release means a chance the inmate will commit another crime and be booked back into the system. In turn making more money for the prison. 

    I can get behind distrust based on recent allegations, but I'm not following the logic of keeping people incarcerated (as a cost savings measure) because they will surely get incarcerated again and cost money?  What? 

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