Pardon and Parole Board sees 118 percent increase in docketed cases

The Pardon and Parole Board had an increase of 118% in docketed cases this year.

The board had 6,940 docketed cases this year, up from 3,183 in 2018, according to information Executive Director Steven Bickley presented Monday.

“Volumes are exploding,” Bickley said during a board meeting in Oklahoma City.

Pardon cases were up 76%. Parole cases were up 39%. Commutation cases were up 426%.

Much of the increase was driven by recent criminal justice reforms, including administrative parole, which is designed to streamline the parole process for nonviolent offenders who have served at least one-fourth of their current sentence and follow other eligibility standards.

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