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Aging Prisoners Parole
In 2018, the Legislature passed a criminal justice reform measure for aging prisoners (57 O.S. §332.21). An aging prisoner is defined as any person imprisoned by the Department of Corrections who is sixty (60) years of age or older. If the inmate meets the eligibility criteria, then the inmate may request a hearing before the Pardon and Parole Board. This application serves as the request for the hearing.
The inmate's eligibility will be determined by a Record's Officer at the inmate's facility. If the criteria is met, the inmate will submit the application. A Pardon and Parole Board investigator will conduct an investigation, including an interview or a questionnaire, as is typical with a parole. An evidence-based risk assessment instrument may also be implemented if a current assessment is not available. The inmate will then be placed on a docket and given an opportunity to speak on his/her behalf and have counsel present, if desired. The Board may grant parole if a preponderance of the evidence indicates that the inmate does not pose a substantial risk to public safety. Prior to submitting an application, the inmate should ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria:
1. The inmate is sixty (60) years of age or older 2. Must have served, in actual custody, the shorter of:
* Ten (10) years of the term or terms of actual imprisonment; OR
* One-third (1/3) of the total term or terms of imprisonment. AND 3. Was not convicted for a violent crime as identified in in Section 13.1 of Title 21 or Section 571 of Title 57 OR 4. Was not convicted of a crime in that would be subject to the registration requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions