- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would allow the Pardon and Parole Board to use electronic monitoring devices on parolees is headed to the governor’s desk.

The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Tuesday to give final approval to the measure by Republican House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman of Fairview.

The Department of Corrections already is authorized to use electronic monitoring devices with GPS technology to track an offender’s whereabouts. Hickman’s bill would expand that authority to the state Pardon and Parole Board.

With an ever-increasing prison population, Oklahoma policymakers are looking at ways to divert more nonviolent offenders from prisons. With electronic monitoring, offenders are typically required to pay for the cost of the monitoring service.

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