Oklahoma attorney general rules on early release question
BY RANDY ELLIS NewsOK.com
Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/12 at 7:18 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board can recommend commutations for inmates - even those who are required to serve at least 85 percent of their prison time before becoming eligible for parole.
The governor also has the power to grant such commutations.
That's the official opinion of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who issued the opinion Wednesday in response to a question submitted by the parole board.
The board requested the opinion after Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater questioned whether board members had acted illegally by placing inmates on a docket for early release consideration while proceeding under a vague agenda item that did not adequately inform the public.
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Scott Pruitt: "Generally speaking, a commutation is the substitution of a less severe punishment than was originally imposed."