Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

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Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointments of three people to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin on Friday named two former police officers and a former prosecutor to the five-member panel that considers whether inmates should be released from prison.

Fallin named retired Oklahoma City police lieutenant Robert "Brett" Macy of Newalla to replace Marc Dreyer on the board.

The governor also reappointed Oklahoma City attorney Patricia High and former Oklahoma City police officer Vannessa Price to the board. Each member will serve a four-year term.

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Voters took the governor out of the parole process for non-violent offenders when they approved State Question 762 in 2012 but they did not take her out of the revocation process, Pardon and Parole Board members were told Monday.

Chairman Marc Dreyer said everyone thought the governor was removed from the revocation process with the passage of the state question. “I thought the board could revoke what the board granted and the governor could revoke what the governor granted,” he said Monday.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says a former lieutenant governor she defeated in the 2010 election has been named interim executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin's office said the board appointed Jari Askins on Monday. The governor called Askins a "dedicated and universally respected" public servant.

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.

Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.

High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.

The Pardon and Parole Board hopes a new Department of Corrections executive director will be receptive to their request to move clemency hearings to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Interim Executive Director Tracy George reported Monday she recently had discussed the idea of moving the hearings from the Kate Barnard Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Death row inmates are housed and executed at the maximum security facility in McAlester.

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Trial has been postponed for members of Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board who face misdemeanor charges of violating the state's Open Meeting Act.

The board's five members were scheduled to go to trial in Oklahoma County District Court on Monday. But the board's chairman, Marc Dreyer of Tulsa, said Friday that prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to postpone the trial. No new date has been set.