Board Warns Commutation Impact Smaller Than Previously Announced

Apr 15, 2020

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s office mistakenly announced that 404 state prisoners would be released on Thursday by order of the governor.

Many of the prisoners applied to have their prison sentences shortened in response to a recent law change that reduced the punishment for their crimes.

But, Pardon and Parole Board director Steven Bickely said at a Monday meeting that even though the governor commuted all of those prisoners' sentences to time served, some are also serving prison sentences for other convictions that weren't affected by the recent law change.

"Everyone will get out sooner, [but] inmates still need to discharge their sentences," Bickley said.

Bickley said he didn’t know how many people would be released this week. To figure that out, the Pardon and Parole Board has to compare notes with the Department of Corrections.