Pardon and Parole Board recommends commutation for another 149

The Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend commutation for another 149 nonviolent drug offenders who were eligible for a single-stage docket made possible by a recent law change, board Executive Director Steven Bickley said.

The cases now go to Gov. Kevin Stitt for consideration.

House Bill 1269, which took effect Nov. 1, directed the Pardon and Parole Board to establish an accelerated, single-stage commutation docket to review the sentences of people in prison for crimes that have been reclassified as misdemeanors.

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