Monday was a historic day in the United States. A total of 462 prisoners were released after their sentences had been reduced. The previous record was from Barack Obama’s presidency.
In 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump won in all 77 countries in Oklahoma. The New York Times reports that in addressing Trump, Oklahoma residents also agreed to another plan: to reduce the number of prisoners and to reduce sentences for a number of crimes.
The results of this decision were seen in Oklahoma on Monday as nearly 500 prisoners marched to freedom in one day. Freedom was made possible for the prisoners by the reduced sentences.
The Oklahoma Provincial Board voted unanimously on Friday to propose the conversion of convictions into crimes that would no longer be considered gross if the conviction were handed down now. As a result, as many as 462 prisoners were released on Monday.
A total of 814 prisoners were considered and 527 prisoners were proposed to be sentenced. However, not everyone could be sentenced for other crimes.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt told Reuters that there has never been such a large number of converted sentences in US history in a single day. The previous record was from Barack Obama’s last day as president. At that time, Obama, as his last act as president, eased the sentences of 330 prisoners. The White House reports that Obama changed a total of 1,715 sentences during his term.