How will you vote in November?
A state question on the November ballot would remove Oklahoma’s governor from the parole process. Oklahoma is now the only state where the governor must sign off on each parole after the parole board approves the inmate for release. Some look at it as a money issue. Governor Mary Fallin approves 51 percent of the inmates the parole board recommends. With an annual lock-up cost per inmate at more than $15,000 each year, it’s expensive for the state to keep people in prison. However, do we really want to risk letting inmates out who might offend again? In addition, the ethics of the parole board are now in question. Earlier this year, the parole board was accused of secretly considering inmates for parole who weren’t yet eligible. So, is having the governor involved in the parole process a good check and balance system for the state or a redundancy that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year? Join us for a discussion on the issue Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m at Picasso Café in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District.