More than 450 inmates in Oklahoma were released Monday, a representative from the Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s office told CBS News, marking the largest single-day commutation in US history. Video and photos from outside the state’s prisons show former inmates tearfully reuniting with their loved ones upon release.
Patrina Hunt, who served almost half of a 10 – year sentence for drug possession and theft, was among one of those inmates. The 22 – year -old cried in her daughter’s arms after her release.
“I’m very blessed to let this happen and for this to happen for me and my family, and I’m just so glad to see my family,” Hunt told CBS News’ Omar Villafranca.
The commutations came after A 2019 law made it easier to review the sentences of inmates who were previously charged with crimes that would not be considered felonies if charged today, the governor’s office said in a (news release) . That includes simple drug possession, which is now considered a misdemeanor, and some low-level property crimes.