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Board recommends commutation for 10 Oklahoma inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmates have been recommended for commutation by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board at a hearing.

On Wednesday morning, the 10 DOC inmates went before the state pardon and parole board hoping for a second chance at freedom.

"Commutation is an appropriate legal remedy for people who are facing excessive, unjust sentences. The sentences today were excessive. They were unjust. We had people facing life sentences for drug offenses that today would carry little to no prison time,” said John Estus with Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.

One of the inmates is Rodrico Brooks.

"December 20, 2015, I got saved in McIntosh County, and I just decided to change my life from there. I just got tired, you know, with the drugs, and it just wasn't leading up to anything, you know?” Brooks told the board.

With loved ones present, including his fiancée and 4-year-old daughter, Brooks’ prayers were answered. The board recommended commutation.

"It was the first time he's ever been sentenced. They gave him 20 years. So, it was excessive. But, hopefully, he'll get to come home and be the father and the husband that he's supposed to be,” said Kindra Dishman, Brooks’ fiancée.

"I think he has found his faith again, and I really think he's ready to come out, and be productive and be a good father,” said Kittie Dishman, Kindra’s mom.

Brooks has been incarcerated for a drug possession conviction for three years. His daughter was only 1-year-old when he was locked up.

Now, the whole family is hoping Governor Mary Fallin approves the board's recommendation.

Fallin has a week to either approve, deny or modify the 10 commutation recommendations.

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