Posts Tagged:criminal justice

Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Votes To Hold Enhanced Second Commutation Hearing In Julius Jones Case

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to give death row prisoner Julius Jones a longer second stage commutation hearing to better understand the details of his case. Jones was convicted of murdering Edmond man Paul Howell in 1999. Jones claims he is innocent. The board already voted to move Julius Jones to the…Read More

Attorney General Merrick Garland suspends federal executions

Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a temporary stop Thursday to scheduling further federal executions. In a memo to senior officials, he said serious concerns have arisen about the arbitrariness of capital punishment, its disparate impact on people of color, and “the troubling number of exonerations” in death penalty cases. “The Department of Justice must ensure…Read More

OK Senate Passes Bill to Make SQ780 Retroactive

Bail reform failed in the Oklahoma legislature this week, but another major criminal justice reform initiative is on its way to the governor. The Senate passed House Bill 1269 on a 34–11 vote. It will extend the reclassification of several drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors to people convicted before voters passed State…Read More