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Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Investigation
The Oklahoma County District Attorney says the state's pardon and parole board violated the Open Meetings Act by operating a secret docket that considered early release for ineligible inmates. In a letter to Pardon and Parole Board director Terry Jenks, District Attorney David Prater says a victim's family contacted his office after receiving notification that the person convicted of manslaughter for the death of their family member was being considered by the board for early release. The release was four years too soon. Prater writes his investigation found members of the Pardon and Parole board were putting inmates on a "Pre-Docket Investigation," or "PDI," however in a review of the agendas the DA says he found no mention of the PDI being mentioned or voted on. Further investigation revealed the pardon and parole board members voted for early release of inmates convicted of 85% crimes. In his letter notifying the board of open meeting violations, Prater says a board member told him they had the authority to consider anyone for early release. Though, in the case the set off Prater's investigation the inmate was represented by a former law-school classmate of one of the board members. Fox 25 has sent requests to the pardon and parole board and Governor's office for comment on this investigation. We'll have more on the Primetime News at Nine and look for updates later on OKCFOX.com
Below is a link to the full notice:
http://www.okcfox.com//newsroom/features/files/Notice of Open Meeting Act Violations to the Pardon and Parole Board_ichIb.pdf
Posted: Wednesday, August 8 2012, 04:40 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Obama touring Oklahoma tornado response
May 26, 2013 08:43 GMT
By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.
Obama plans to meet with affected families and thank first responders during a visit Sunday to Moore, Okla. The White House says Obama wants a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon.
The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.
Obama offered prayers for the people of Oklahoma from the White House in recent days. He said that "while the road ahead will be long, their country will be with them every single step of the way."
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