Oklahoma hasn’t attempted an execution since a series of bungled attempts ushered in a six-year moratorium on capital punishment. Now it says it’s ready to execute seven men in three-week intervals beginning as early as next month.
Jones’ attorneys believe the Pardon and Parole Board investigator recommended Jones have his sentence commuted. The board’s attorney says the “investigator recommendation” isn’t actually a recommendation.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health had as many as 175 contact tracers last year, but is down to about 30 today. It needs to almost double that number to deal with a growing number of COVID-19 cases.