Statement from Oklahoma Catholic Bishops on the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board’s Recommendation for Commutation of Julius Jones

OKLAHOMA CITY — By a vote of 3-1 today, the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board recommended to Gov. Stitt a commutation of the death sentence for death row inmate Julius Jones.

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City,  and the Most Rev. David A. Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, issued the following joint statement:

“We are encouraged by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation today for commutation of the death sentence for Julius Jones. We have an opportunity to end capital punishment in Oklahoma and to use other means to protect society and seek justice for victims of crime and their families without violating each person’s God-given dignity. We urge Gov. Stitt to accept the board’s recommendation.”