OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the news that the Pardon and Parole Board unanimously denied  parole for Larry Yarbrough on Tuesday May 17th, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement:

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

"After nearly two decades in prison for a non-violent offense, to say that Mr. Yarbrough has paid his debt to society would be an understatement. Mr. Yarbrough is a model prisoner. By shirking their responsibility to correct this excessively harsh sentence, the Pardon and Parole Board committed a grave injustice with implications that reach far beyond this individual case. Their cruel indifference to the needless suffering of a man who poses no danger to society is a far greater crime than any offense committed by Mr. Yarbrough. Their decision offers further evidence of a flawed and unjust system and casts serious doubt on the Pardon and Parole Board’s ability to fairly conduct the duties with which it is charged."