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Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates may be released under new law


September 18, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New criminal justice guidelines will likely make hundreds of Oklahoma inmates eligible for accelerated release from prison, according to the executive director of the state Pardon and Parole Board.

The board's staff is working with the Department of Corrections to ensure a single-stage commutation docket mandated by a new law will be implemented with "excellence" and "urgency," Executive Director Steven Bickley told the board Monday.

A statewide referendum adopted in 2016 made simple drug possession a misdemeanor and increased the threshold for felony property crimes...

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