The mission of the Pardon and Parole Board as a vital part of the criminal justice system is to determine the best possible decision, through a case-by-case investigative process and to protect the public while recommending the supervised released of adult felons. Although, in recent years the Board has been mandated to assist with alleviating prison overcrowding, it remains our goal to maintain a low revocation & recidivism rate for the State of Oklahoma.
Who makes up the Board:
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Board reviews information prepared by the staff and makes recommendations for the granting of clemency on the various parole programs, commutations and pardons, as prescribed by law. Upon recommendation by the Board, the Governor has the authority to make the final decision on the granting of clemency, with the restrictions and stipulations recommended by the Board.
The Board employs a support staff of full-time employees who administer the daily operations of the agency. Reports and investigations for the use of the Board and the Governor in making their decisions are compiled by staff investigators on each of the candidates for the various parole programs. The reports for pardon are prepared by the Department of Corrections.
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