Governor Brad Henry released this statement, in a press release on June 16, 2008
on the issue of removing the Governor from the parole process.
Statement from Governor Henry:
"I have mixed feelings, but I am keeping an open mind. On one hand, I believe
the people appreciate having one more backstop in the process. I have rejected
hundreds of parole recommendations because I just did not feel the inmates
were ready or I added conditions to the parole. On the other hand, there is
probably a reason that almost every other state does not have the governor
involved. It is a very time consuming process for a chief executive."