Ponca City, OK

Now: 75 °F

Currently: Fair

Hi: 89 °F | Lo: 72 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 85 °F 

Lo: 68 °F

Thursday

Hi: 85 °F 

Lo: 64 °F

Friday

Hi: 85 °F 

Lo: 68 °F

Saturday

Hi: 86 °F 

Lo: 68 °F

Sunday

Hi: 89 °F 

Lo: 73 °F

Fallin vetoes bill that would keep no-parole sentences for juveniles

The Associated Press - May 12, 2018 10:35 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the state to continue sending juvenile offenders to prison with no chance for parole.
The Friday evening veto comes despite support for the bill from the state’s district attorneys.
The bill would have removed the jury from its role in sentencing offenders younger than 18, placing the responsibility solely in a judge’s hands. Oklahoma prosecutors argued life without parole should remain a sentencing option for certain young offenders.
Many states are eliminating no-parole sentences for crimes committed before an offender turns 18. That comes after the U.S. Supreme Court said such sentences should be reserved for the “rarest of juvenile offenders.”
Oklahoma has at least 41 inmates serving no-parole sentences for crimes committed at age 17 or younger.

 

Latest Stories

Absentee voting begins Thursday, June 21

Registered voters in Kay County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s...

Perry man dies in collision

A 19-year-old Perry man died in a collision at U.S. 64 and County Road 136, about...

Volunteer retires from Ponca City Police Department

Glea Means is retiring from being an Extra Eyes volunteer with the Ponca City Police Department...