State's Pardon and Parole Board stays busy

Thursday, November 6th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The state Pardon and Parole Board is struggling to keep up with Oklahoma's rising prison population.

The five-member board is responsible for determining who might be eligible for release. Board members say they review about 800 offenders a month.

That's a figure that's grown over the last decade from about 200 a month. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says it has custody of about 23,000 offenders - a record high.

State funding continues to get cut.