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Coronavirus Updates: Parole Board, Tulsa Parks & Norman Salons

Oklahoma could release up to 14 prisoners at high risk for COVID-19.

126 individuals were classified as having severe medical needs, but only 14 met the eligibility requirements for medical parole.

Corrections officials say the inmates couldn’t be serving time for a violent crime, have a history of domestic violence or have to register as a sex offender upon release.

The state’s Pardon and Parole Board will hear an emergency medical parole docket on May 13.


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced furloughs and layoffs at Guthrie Green and The Gathering Place.

The Tulsa parks typically host a multitude of concerts and festivals, but because of cancellations they are letting go of 141 employees.

Officials say unfortunately as long as social distancing is a mandate, the business model of bringing large numbers of people together in one place has to be adjusted.

They say employees affected by the cutbacks will be paid through May 22.


On Monday, a judge ruled in favor of three Norman hair salons wanting the reopen.

The owners of Lion Salon, LeVisage Day Spa and Polished Beauty Bar and Salon say their constitutional rights were violated. They opposed a proclamation from Norman Mayor Brea Clark allowing other businesses to open on Friday, but forcing hair salons to wait until May 15.

Judge Thad Balkman issued a temporary injunction against the mayor’s proclamation, and it’s unclear if Norman plans to appeal the ruling.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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