We’re enormously relieved for Mr. Jones and his household, who fought for many years to show his innocence. We all know all too nicely — from the 186 individuals who had been exonerated from demise row — that the basic flaws within the administration of the demise penalty pose grave dangers to the harmless. Gov. Stitt was proper to simply accept the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board’s suggestion to commute Mr. Jones’ sentence and spare his life, though he went towards the board’s really useful sentence of life with the potential for parole and as a substitute selected to commute his sentence to life with out the potential for parole.
Though a commutation is a good distance from an exoneration, this resolution permits Mr. Jones, his household and supporters to breathe a sigh of aid. An irreversible injustice has been prevented. It’s our hope that Mr. Jones could now get the true justice he deserves.