Bipartisan Coalition Leads Effort to Reduce Sentences

A bipartisan coalition is campaigning to reduce the sentences for dozens of people serving time for crimes that no longer carry such severe punishments following criminal justice reform efforts in Oklahoma.

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, a group of law enforcement, lawmakers and business and community leaders, is assisting with what the group considers to be “excessive and unjust sentences.” The coalition has partnered with students from the University of Tulsa College of Law for the so-called “commutation campaign.”

On Monday, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board will conduct the initial review of about two dozen cases.

A commutation changes a sentence to one that is less severe in order to correct an unjust or excessive sentence. It is not intended to serve as an early release mechanism.

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