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Q. What is the difference between a pardon, a parole and a commutation and how is the Governor's Office involved with these?
A. Paroles, commutations and pardons must be approved by the members of the Pardon and Parole Board before being presented to the governor for his consideration.

A parole releases an inmate to the street for the remainder of his or her sentence or moves the inmate to a consecutive sentence. It does not eliminate or change the duration of the sentence. A parole always comes with certain conditions such as supervision by a parole officer, and may include conditions such as substance abuse treatment or obtainment of a GED. If the conditions of the parole are violated, the parole can be revoked, returning the inmate to prison for the duration of his or her sentence.

A commutation changes the length of a sentence. For example, a 10 year sentence can be commuted to five years. Sentences can also be commuted to "time served," ending the sentence and releasing the inmate to the street unconditionally.

Not all paroles and commutations result in release from prison. Inmates may be paroled or commuted from one sentence to a consecutive sentence and not released from prison.

A pardon is not a parole or commutation. Pardons do not clear a criminal record, but do acknowledge that someone has worked hard to become a productive, law-abiding citizen after making mistakes in the past.

Those who are currently incarcerated cannot apply for a pardon and a pardon will not release you from prison. Only those who have discharged all their sentences, completed parole, or served at least five years under supervision and have no pending charges may apply for a pardon.

The Governor cannot pardon federal convictions or convictions from other states.

For more information about pardons, a pardon application can be downloaded at the Pardon and Parole Board's web site, www.ppb.state.ok.us.
Q. How are parole files processed through the Governor's Office?
A. The Governor has 30 days in which to act on a parole file after the file physically arrives in this office. The file will not arrive in our office until the parole process unit of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pardon and Parole Board are finished with the file. This usually takes about 60-90 days. After that time period, the file will be forwarded to our office where we will act within 30 days of receipt. The entire process from the date the Board recommends the inmate to the date the inmate gets out of prison can take anywhere from 60 days to 120 days or longer depending on the circumstances of the recommendation and whether the inmate has any stipulations to complete first. Paroles to another state generally require more time than paroles within Oklahoma.

The case manager of the inmate can check the state of the inmate's file on the Offender Management System. The governor cannot parole anyone without a recommendation from the Pardon and Parole Board.

If you have thoughts or concerns about an upcoming parole or commutation, please feel free to share those thoughts with the Governor's Office through letter or email.
Q. Why couldn't I find the file I was looking for in the online search?
If no results were found based on your search, the file may not have arrived in the Governor's Office, or was signed more than two weeks ago. If you do not find an inmate's file listed here, you may contact the Pardon and Parole Board at (405) 427-8601 to check a file's status.

This database lists only those parole or commutation files which have arrived in the Governor's Office. It will generally take one or two months, and sometimes longer, from the time the Pardon and Parole Board makes a recommendation until the file arrives in the Governor's Office.

Q. What does it mean that an inmate has been tentatively approved?
All approvals are tentative, assuming no misconducts have been received since the Pardon and Parole Board offered its recommendation. New misconducts may, though will not necessarily, result in an approved parole or commutation being withdrawn. After an inmate has been approved by the Governor, the facility will notify the inmate of the estimated date of release.

The entire process from the date the Board recommends the inmate to the date the inmate gets out of prison can take anywhere from 60 days to 120 days or longer depending on the circumstances of the recommendation and whether the inmate has any stipulations to complete first. Paroles to another state generally require more time than paroles within Oklahoma.
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