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Definition of Parole

Parole in Oklahoma is the conditional release from prison during which certain rules and conditions must be followed or the offender can be returned to prison to serve the remaining portion of the sentence. Parole is not the same thing as discharging a prison sentence where an offender leaves the prison with no supervision.

Oklahoma Parole Lawyer

Selecting an Oklahoma parole lawyer can be one of the most important decisions you make. Your chance at freedom is at stake. With any appearance before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, it is important that you are fully prepared to answer questions that may affect the rest of your life.

Whether you or your loved one is being reviewed by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board or has been arrested on a parole violation and is facing a parole revocation, you will want an experienced and knowledgeable Oklahoma parole attorney representing you.

Our Oklahoma parole lawyers are fully prepared to handle all types of parole and pardon cases. Our legal representation is comprehensive, we are committed to providing you with knowledgeable, aggressive and experienced representation. Please complete and submit the form below, or call our law office today to schedule a case evaluation.

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

The Board is made up of five members who serve a four-year term along with that of the Governor. Three members are appointed by the Governor, one by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one by the Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

The Board meets once per month. The meeting usually lasts for three days. The Board meetings are held at the Hillside Community Corrections Center. This is where the Board Members are located. The offenders are seen by video conferencing. The seven remote video sites from which the offenders will appear are: Dick Conner Correctional Center, James Crabtree Correctional Center, Joseph Harp Correctional Center, Mack Alford Correctional Center, Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, Oklahoma State Penitentiary and Oklahoma State Reformatory.

When is an offender eligible for parole consideration?

Under current law an offender is eligible for parole after one-third of sentence has been served if the offense was for a non-violent crime. Offenders convicted of certain violent offenses, which occurred after March 2000 or later must serve 85% of their sentence prior to becoming eligible for parole consideration. Those offenses are such things as Murder I, Robbery I, Rape I, Burglary I, Arson I, Child Abuse, Child Beating and Child Pornography. See Title 21 O. S. §13.1 All other violent offenses are eligible for parole consideration at one-third of the sentence.

What is the two stage hearing process?

Offenders that have been convicted of a violent offense must by statute have a two-stage hearing. At the first stage the Board receives a report on each offender and makes a decision whether to pass the case to the next stage or vote no. If the offender is passed to the second stage, their case will be heard at the next month’s hearing. At that time the District Attorney, victim or victim’s representative and the offender’s supporters can appear and speak to the Board. Offenders who have committed non-violent offenses have only a single stage hearing.

Parole Revocation

If someone is released on parole and they do not follow the rules and conditions their parole can be revoked. When a parolee has reportedly violated a condition of his release, a warrant may be issued for his arrest. This warrant is issued by the DOC and suspends the running of the sentence from the date of issuance. Depending on the circumstances a finding of probable cause can be made or a preliminary hearing can be held, again DOC handles this. In either case the Parole Board becomes involved when the Parole Board’s General Counsel, acting as a Hearing Office, conducts the final hearing. After the final hearing the Hearing Officer submits a written report containing a recommendation to the Governor. The Governor then decides whether or not to revoke the parole and also whether credit is given for time the parolee was on parole, which is called street time credit.

Oklahoma Pardon

A pardon is executive recognition that someone has turned their life around and has become a productive citizen. A pardon is granted by the Governor after a recommendation by the Parole Board.

Who is eligible to apply for a pardon?

To be eligible for pardon a person must have completed their sentence including any parole or probation time or have been released from the incarceration portion of their sentence for at least five years.

Oklahoma Parole and Pardon Lawyers


The Oklahoma Parole & Pardon Attorneys at the law firm of Marco Palumbo & Associates represent client throughout the state of Oklahoma. Our Oklahoma Parole Lawyers are highly skilled, with vast experience in Oklahoma criminal cases. We understand the complexities of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole process, and are well versed in Oklahoma Criminal rules and regulations. Your case will be carefully studied by an Oklahoma Parole Lawyer to achieve the best results.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact The Law Firm of Marco Palumbo & Associates, to speak with an Oklahoma Parole Lawyer today, for your initial consultation!