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AFP-OK Applauds Second Chances Thanks to Legislative Action, Governor’s Commutation

Nov 1, 2019 by AFP

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Americans for Prosperity-Oklahoma (AFP-OK) today applauded the efforts of lawmakers from both parties for important reforms made to the state’s criminal justice system in this year’s legislative session. AFP-OK was an instrumental voice in passing House Bill 1269 that retroactively reclassified low-level drug offenses, laying the groundwork for 527 incarcerated individuals to have a second chance at rejoining their communities. Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board now has the chance to grant those who have paid their debts to society access to opportunities.

AFP-OK State Director John Tidwell issued the following statement:

“We’re excited to see the smart on crime, soft on taxpayers’ approach to policy come to fruition and make a real impact on Oklahomans. Thank you to Oklahoma’s lawmakers, Governor Stitt, and the Pardon and Parole Board for recognizing the importance of second chances.”

Background:

This commutation will serve as the largest in state and national history.

For further information or an interview, reach Nicole Tardif at NTardif@afphq.org or (571) 329-0161.