Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Stitt appoints three to Pardon and Parole Board



GOVERNOR KEVIN STITT ANNOUNCES THREE NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE OKLAHOMA PARDON AND PAROLE BOARD

Oklahoma City, Okla. (February 26, 2019) – Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the appointment of Kelly E. Doyle, Adam Luck, and Robert Gilliland to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

“The collective knowledge of our three new Pardon and Parole Board appointments, and their experience around criminal justice in Oklahoma, will bring a fresh perspective to the review process,” said Stitt. “I look forward to working alongside the entire board to address the backlog in the system and move the needle in criminal justice reform for non-violent offenders.” 

Kelly Doyle will fill one of the positions that requires five years of experience or training in mental health services, substance abuse services or social work on the Pardon and Parole Board. As the Deputy Executive Director at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Kelly oversees CEO’s program and operations in Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado. Since joining CEO in 2011, Kelly has led the launch of nine CEO offices - assisting communities as they increase employment opportunities for people coming home from prison and jails.  Kelly has been working in the employment reentry field for over ten years. Prior to coming to CEO, Kelly managed the Department of Labor’s Prisoner Reentry Initiative through the Community Service Council in Tulsa. She began her career in finance and administration for an international aid agency completing tours in Darfur, South Sudan, and the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. Kelly holds an M.A. from University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Montana.

Adam Luck is the Chief Executive Officer of City Care, a non-profit organization seeking to inspire those willing to look social injustice and extreme poverty in the face and empower them to do whatever it takes to create change. City Care has built and manages 114 units of permanent supportive housing in Oklahoma City, operates the Oklahoma City day shelter in partnership with the Homeless Alliance, and oversees the Whiz Kids program. He is an Oklahoma native and left the state to serve five years in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean Cryptologic Linguist. He has a bachelor of science degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University. Adam served as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Corrections and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Employment Opportunities, a national non-profit that provides comprehensive employment services to individuals with recent criminal convictions. Prior to joining City Care, Adam served as the Policy Director at the E Foundation for Oklahoma and the Oklahoma state director for Right on Crime, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation focused on criminal justice reform.

Robert Gilliland is a veteran trial lawyer whose prior practice concentrated in the area of business litigation in both state and federal courts. Following his admission to the Oklahoma Bar, Gilliland served four years as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army in the United States and the Republic of Vietnam. Throughout his legal career, both while serving in the US Army and while in private practice, Gilliland represented numerous defendants in criminal trials, and also served as a prosecuting attorney while in the JAG Corps. Gilliland holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of lawyers in the United States to be selected for continuous inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America since the publication’s debut in 1983. He was also perennially named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers. Some of Gilliland’s achievements include JD, University of Oklahoma, 1966; Board of Editors, Oklahoma Law Review; Phi Alpha Delta, and a BA, Texas Christian University. Admissions include: Oklahoma, 1966; US District Courts for the Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma; US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US Tax Court; US Court of Claims; and the US Supreme Court. Gilliland served as the Chair of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission from June 1, 2015 to August 25, 2017.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board serves the citizens of Oklahoma by making careful and informed decisions, focusing on public safety, offender accountability and re-entry, and victim rights. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board envisions a parole and pardon system that promotes and utilizes fair and equitable decision-making, reduces risk to the public, includes victim concerns, and encourages successful inmate re-entry. The Board strongly believes and is committed to the ethical, unbiased, and professional performance of duties and continually strives for excellence and fairness by making decisions that maintain a delicate balance between public safety, victim’s rights, and the successful re-integration of the offender.

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