This is a Copy of a letter to the editor regarding the Oklahoma Watch story on early releases. The Oklahoman advise it wasn't up to their standards so they will not print it, we haven't heard from the Tulsa World
The Oklahoma Watch report on all the releases without any supervision to those that can’t follow rules makes everyone wander what is the reasoning behind it. Some think it’s just a scare tacit being used to get the legislators to fund more private prison beds. For some reason Fallon & Patton see to believe it’s better to release those that can’t follow the rules instead of those that have been following the rules for many years.
The Governor has only sign 21 paroles (according to BOC monthly reports) from Aug 2013 to Aug 2014. Why hasn’t she signed paroles for some of those lifers that haven’t had a write up for 15 to 20 years? Plus the Parole Board and Parole Investigators have said yes to. The Sentencing Projects has said the recidivism rate for this group is only about 1% (yes one) It is only the Governor that is saying no and we all know how much money she gets from the private prisons.
We have tried to get support for a bill that would allow the use of GPS for the lifers. It works in other states and it would save money on 2 fronts, bed space and medical bills for the aging prisoners.
Lynn Powell State Director OK-CURE ((Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)