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October 9, 2012

Voters mull if Fallin will have limited parole role

Oklahoma City —  

Within weeks, Oklahoma voters will decide whether the governor should have the final say on parole recommendations for nonviolent criminals.

Oklahoma law currently requires the governor to sign off on every parole recommendation, but State Question 762 would remove the governor from the process for nonviolent criminals. The Pardon and Parole Board would be solely responsible for granting parole in such cases.

The governor would still have authority to grant parole for violent criminals, based on recommendations from the parole board.

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