Oklahoma Approves Largest Single-Day Commutation in U.S. History (Washington Post)
November 6, 2019 In the Press
Kim Bellware of The Washington Post reports on the recent commutation in Oklahoma of 527 people serving low-level drug and nonviolent offenses.
The commutation is a success for criminal justice reform efforts in a state that has a long history of harsh sentencing practices and high incarceration rates. [...] The historic commutations come amid nationwide efforts to reduce punishment of low-level crimes and move the U.S. prison system in a more rehabilitative — or at least less punitive — direction.