Voters approve measure to take Governor off parole board


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Updated: 11/06/2012 9:23 pm Published: 11/06/2012 9:22 pm


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma voters have approved a proposal to take the governor out of the pardon and parole process for nonviolent offenders.

The proposal was among six state questions decided in statewide balloting Tuesday.

Under the proposal, the Oklahoma Constitution will be amended to increase the power and authority of the state Pardon and Parole Board. It will remove the governor from the pardon and parole process for people convicted of nonviolent offenses and grant that authority solely to the board.

Opponents say the change will erode accountability, while supporters say it will streamline the early parole process for nonviolent offenders.

The governor will still be involved in the parole process for violent offenders.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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