OKLAHOMA CITY — An error in a news release from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office said more than 400 incarcerated individuals would be released from state prison facilities April 16 after receiving commutations, but the actual number being released is much lower.
Steve Bickley, director of the state’s Pardon and Parole Board, said he couldn’t give a definitive number on how many would be released on April 16, but some have said it will be closer to 100 people.
Stitt signed more than 450 commutations last week, and a news release said 404 of those people would be released April 16. That was a communication error, according to Governor’s Office spokesperson Baylee Lakey.
Every person for whom Stitt signed a commutation will still be released ahead of schedule, but the majority had other charges that were not commuted by the Pardon and Parole Board for which they must still serve time.