BY RANDY ELLIS firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has been operating a secret parole docket and expediting the release of some inmates — including inmates ineligible for early release because they have not fulfilled mandatory sentencing guidelines, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Wednesday.
The list of inmates placed on the secret docket by parole board members includes murderers and child molesters, as well as inmates convicted of lesser crimes, records reveal.
Prater said he believes the Pardon and Parole Board's actions violate Oklahoma's Open Meeting Act, and he is considering filing charges against board members.
The parole board issued a prepared response Wednesday, saying “all board meetings are conducted according to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act in an open, public forum” with required notices posted.
“While the board believes it has both statutory and Constitutional authority to bring offenders up for early consideration, to ensure the board process remains open and transparent, the chairperson will place a moratorium on the early consideration process,” the board stated.
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