Friday, May 9, 2014

Governor Fallin Denies Chronically ill Oklahoma Inmate Medical Parole for Drug Convictions

Must be missing something because in all the states where we have lived when a Parole Board recommends parole for drug convictions, the inmates are paroled.  Governors just do not turn them down and didn't until Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma, denied this inmate's medical parole.  The man is about to die, his sister had arranged for him to live with her, and then the Governor of Oklahoma says no which basically gives him a death sentence in prison.

Didn't understand Fallin's reaction to the two executions on the same night using untested drugs. It was downright ghoulish when you read the timeline of what happened.  Botched execution and no amount of spin out of Fallin or her supporters are going to change that.  Now this -- what gives with the Oklahoma Governor.  This is not a heinous crime and the man is dying but that's not good enough for Fallin to grant parole?  Doesn't seem very Christian like to me.

Either the person I knew before presented a good facade and this is truly the real Mary Fallin or she is a puppet of major donors who does what she is told.  Frankly I don't know which it is but this is just another in a long line of bizarre statements/actions out of the Governor this year.  Oklahoma can do better then this!
Chronically ill Oklahoma inmate denied medical parole 
An inmate who was told he will likely die this month from cirrhosis of the liver was denied medical parole in March. Wendell Green has served 15 years of a 20-year sentence on drug charges. 
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: May 8, 2014 
Gov. Mary Fallin sentenced an Oklahoma inmate serving time on drug charges to life in prison when she denied his medical parole, the offender’s sister says.

Mary Ladd said her brother, Wendell Green, has cirrhosis of the liver, among other ailments, and was told by doctors early this year he would likely not live past May.
Green has been incarcerated since 2000 on two drug charges. Ladd said her brother was caught in 1999 with methamphetamine and the tools necessary to manufacture the drug. He is due for release in 2019. 
Green also served time on convictions in Arkansas throughout the 1980s and 90s, including burglary, battery, and possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction. He is incarcerated at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. 
In March, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend Green for a medical parole. Ladd said she had arranged for her brother’s hospice care, and the plan was for him to live out his remaining days in her home. Motions were made to send Green home, but Fallin eventually denied his medical parole. 
Ladd said the medical exception counted as her brother’s annual shot at parole, and he is not eligible again until May 2015. 
“They even called him in and had him sign his release forms, had everything arranged, and then he was called into the office and told to just sit down because he was going to be there for a year. If you make it, you make it. If you don’t, you don’t,” Ladd said. “I think it’s cruel to say those things to him, because it is life or death.” 
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Been told by long time residents of the state that Fallin is by far the worst Governor they have ever had which in some ways made me feel that I wasn't imagining things that she is really is that bad.  She has quite a reputation from people who are speaking out and it is not good.  There is a solution, Oklahomans need to take the state back to common sense and elect Joe Dorman for Governor!

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