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Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday signed commutations for 147 people serving time for simple drug possession.

Those individuals were eligible for an expedited commutation docket established by House Bill 1269, which took effect Nov. 1. The law directed the Pardon and Parole Board to establish an accelerated, single-stage docket to review the sentences of those in prison for crimes that would no longer be considered felonies if charged today.

The Pardon and Parole Board considered more than 800 cases on the day the law took effect and recommended 527 people for commutation. The governor signed off on all but a few of the cases, allowing for the mass release of more than 450 inmates in early November.

Last month, the Pardon and Parole Board considered 212 more cases eligible for the single-stage commutation docket. Those individuals had entered state custody after July 31, were on GPS monitoring or had discharged other sentences. The board voted to recommend 149 of those individuals for commutation.

The board chose to deny single-stage commutation relief for people who have records of serious misconduct, who received a victim's protest letter or have a registered victim on file, who received a district attorney protest or who would be required to register as either a sex offender or a violent offender.

On Friday, the governor signed off on all but two of the board's recommendations from January. The two he did not approve had significant misconducts after the Pardon and Parole Board recommended them, said Baylee Lakey, communications director for the governor's office.

Stitt commuted 119 of the sentences to time served, Lakey said. As long as those individuals don't have any detainers, warrants or holds, they will be released Thursday when the commutation takes effect, said Steven Bickley, executive director of the Pardon and Parole Board.

The governor commuted the other 28 sentences to one year, following the recommendation of the Pardon and Parole Board, Lakey said. Bickley said those individuals should be released in the next several months when they complete their one-year sentence, unless they have detainers or holds.

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<strong>Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks Friday at Kate Barnard Correctional Center after the Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend 527 Oklahoma inmates for commutation. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks Friday at Kate Barnard Correctional Center after the Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend 527 Oklahoma inmates for commutation. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Kris Steele, executive director of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, applauds after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Kris Steele, executive director of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, applauds after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3eaeac08a10beacda70cc2cfe80cdd6d.jpg" alt="Photo - Mark Burget reacts after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Mark Burget reacts after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Mark Burget reacts after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5c5ab16f4626e09617f88c3441650960.jpg" alt="Photo - Joy Block takes a photograph with Gov. Kevin Stitt after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Block was formerly incarcerated and now with with the Walter's Way Regaining Your Life Foundation. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Joy Block takes a photograph with Gov. Kevin Stitt after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Block was formerly incarcerated and now with with the Walter's Way Regaining Your Life Foundation. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Joy Block takes a photograph with Gov. Kevin Stitt after the Pardon and Parole Board read the names of 527 Oklahoma inmates recommend for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Block was formerly incarcerated and now with with the Walter's Way Regaining Your Life Foundation. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-be954031bd1c14fa20fd2593f1268a39.jpg" alt="Photo - Gov. 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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-36a26ced14b61dfec701da53868661de.jpg" alt="Photo - The Pardon and Parole Board recommends for commutation Oklahoma inmates at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="The Pardon and Parole Board recommends for commutation Oklahoma inmates at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The Pardon and Parole Board recommends for commutation Oklahoma inmates at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-81c42c8dbecd980c2da48be37161a877.jpg" alt="Photo - The Pardon and Parole Board listens to the names of inmates recommended for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="The Pardon and Parole Board listens to the names of inmates recommended for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The Pardon and Parole Board listens to the names of inmates recommended for commutation at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Santana Wrana carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Santana Wrana carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-85af20273679faf4989e66c14597aaf5.jpg" alt="Photo - Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. 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Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Sally Taylor hugs Gov. Kevin Stitt thanking him for his help to have Taylor's granddaughter Tess Harjo released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sally Taylor hugs Gov. Kevin Stitt thanking him for his help to have Taylor's granddaughter Tess Harjo released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. 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Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Stephenie Jeffreys and other inmates make their way through the gates as they are released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8fc84fdebbab4b60aba10a80f5a6e853.jpg" alt="Photo - The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6be236d7174447507bd405e44b2c8a0e.jpg" alt="Photo - Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-37aa109eb75c4e4451d6bcb1f37602a7.jpg" alt="Photo - Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›

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