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Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board doubles caseload in 2019


December 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's caseload has more than doubled this year thanks to the state's recent criminal justice reforms.

The board had 6,940 docketed cases this year, compared to 3,183 in 2018, according to information that board Executive Director Steven Bickley presented Monday during a board meeting in Oklahoma City.

Commutation cases saw the highest year-on-year increase, 426%, while pardon cases were up 76% and parole cases were up 39%.

Recent changes in how the state treats low-level offenses drove the increase, The Oklahoman reported.


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