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Calvin Prince appointed to Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

Since executions resumed in October 2021, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has undergone repeated shakeups.

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The latest came Thursday when Calvin Prince was appointed to replace Scott Williams, who served less than two years.

Any change to the five-member board is significant because it votes on all death row inmate requests for mercy. The governor has the final say but can only act if the board recommends clemency.

More:Attorney general wants to slow down the pace of executions in Oklahoma

As many as 20 clemency hearings are pending. The next — for convicted murderer Richard Glossip — is set for Thursday but is expected to be delayed.

Prince, of Stonewall, was appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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“Mr. Prince will be a steward of justice for the people of Oklahoma, and I look forward to having him serve,” the governor said in an announcement Friday.



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Since executions resumed in October 2021, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has undergone repeated shakeups.

The latest came Thursday when Calvin Prince was appointed to replace Scott Williams, who served less than two years.

Any change to the five-member board is significant because it votes on all death row inmate requests for mercy. The governor has the final say but can only act if the board recommends clemency.

More:Attorney general wants to slow down the pace of executions in Oklahoma

As many as 20 clemency hearings are pending. The next — for convicted murderer Richard Glossip — is set for Thursday but is expected to be delayed.

Prince, of Stonewall, was appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

“Mr. Prince will be a steward of justice for the people of Oklahoma, and I look forward to having him serve,” the governor said in an announcement Friday.



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