OK Commutes and Frees More Than 400 Inmates

In the largest one-day commutation of sentences in U.S. history, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the sentences of 500 plus inmates, more than 400 of whom were released today.

The commutations were the result of Oklahoma's passage of H.B. 1269, which made retroactive a 2016 law SQ70, reducing drug felonies to misdemeanors.

Here is a photo of some of the 55 women freed today leaving prison with smiles. And another photo, both courtesy of the OK Department of Corrections. The women were greeted by the Governor and his wife as they left the prison.

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    Kudos to the lawmakers and voters (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 05, 2019 at 06:33:14 AM EST
    for making this happen. I hope more states follow this example.

    Sounds like a big step in the right direction (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by McBain on Tue Nov 05, 2019 at 09:41:30 AM EST

    I support the move. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Nov 06, 2019 at 09:47:49 AM EST
    But if just one of those released commits any kind of violent crime, and Gov. Stitt runs for re-election (or any other office), he will be beat over the head with this decision.

    I would hate to see a Democratic future opponent wield this like an evangelical with a bible.