Criminal justice reform, faith leaders urging clemency for death row inmate

Criminal justice reform, faith leaders and an Oklahoma County Commissioner are urging the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board and Gov. Kevin Stitt to back clemency for death row inmate Julius D. Jones, whose claims of racial bias have been rejected by appeals courts.

“For over 20 years, (Jones) has been on Oklahoma’s death row, though his conviction is marred by racial bias, an ineffective public defense and snitch testimony, which we know has led to 85% of wrongful convictions in the United States,” Kris Steele and Susan Esco, of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, wrote to Stitt and the board.

Jones, 39, was convicted of killing Paul Howell in the driveway of Howell’s parents’ home in Edmond in 1999 and sentenced to death.

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