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KDOC Fills Vacancies on Prisoner Review Board

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Jonathan Ogletree, the Prisoner Review Board's most senior member, takes reins as board chair while veteran corrections employee Mark Keating joins as the board's newest member.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      

January 4, 2016

KDOC Fills Vacancies on Prisoner Review Board

The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) today announced the appointment of Prisoner Review Board member Jonathan Ogletree to lead the three-person board while also announcing the selection of long-time corrections employee Mark Keating as a board member.

Ogletree, a member of the board since its formation in 2011, replaces David Riggin who retired in December. Keating, who most recently served as the KDOC's Northern Parole Region director, will fill the board vacancy left by Ogletree's promotion.

Keating has been employed by the KDOC since 1999 and has more than 24 years of experience in corrections and criminal justice. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Baylor University and a master's degree in criminology from Indiana State University. Ogletree began his corrections career in 1989 at Lansing Correctional Facility, serving in multiple roles before his appointment to the Prisoner Review Board. Ogletree earned his bachelor’s degree from Friends University in organizational management and leadership and his master’s degree from Webster University in management.

In announcing the board's changes, KDOC Interim Secretary Johnnie Goddard said Ogletree and Keating are extremely qualified and bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the Prisoner Review Board.

Based on legally mandated sentencing guidelines, most offenders in the KDOC system are given a defined sentence at their time of sentencing. Some, however, were handed “off-grid” sentences, meaning their opportunity for parole would be determined by a governing body, which is now the Prisoner Review Board. The board conducts public comment sessions and solicits input from advocates for the offenders, victims of crimes and legal professionals when considering parole cases. They also consider revocation of parole or post-release violations.

Joshua Peery, who has been serving as the Northern Parole Region's deputy director, will serve as the region's acting director, effective immediately.


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