2022 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 57. Prisons and Reformatories
§57-332.15. Board members not to represent inmates - Voting prohibited in certain cases.
A. From and after the effective date of this act, no member of the Pardon and Parole Board and/or their law firm or law partners or associate may represent in a legal capacity any inmate incarcerated in any state penal institution. If a member of the Pardon and Parole Board, or his law partners or associate or any member of his law firm undertakes the representation of an inmate in violation of this prohibition the member of the Board shall forfeit his office. In any case in which an inmate requesting a pardon or parole was represented in a legal capacity by any member of the Pardon and Parole Board and/or their law firm or law partners or associate prior to imposition of a prison term, the Board member who represented such inmate shall be disqualified from voting on such inmate's request for a pardon or parole.
B. A member of the Pardon and Parole Board shall uphold and promote the independence, impartiality, fairness, and integrity of the Board, and should avoid impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.
C. If any Pardon and Parole Board member determines circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of all the relevant facts to question his or her impartiality in a specific matter, or creates the appearance of impropriety, the Pardon and Parole Board member shall disclose any potential conflict of interest and shall withdraw from participation in the matter.
Added by Laws 1975, c. 49, § 1. Amended by Laws 2021, c. 339, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2021.