Sending Mail To An Inmate

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice encourages family members and friends to write often to incarcerated individuals.  Writing a letter is a small and easy thing to do for those on the outside but it makes a huge difference to

Which Texas Parole Board Office Has The Highest Release Rate?

One question we at TexasParoleNow.com receive quite often is, "Which Parole Board Office has the highest release rate?" The voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles decides which eligible offenders are to be released on parole or discretionary

Texas Considers Closing Four State Prisons

Four Texas state prisons could be closed as lawmakers consider reducing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget by $40 million. If the final state budget is passed, this could mark the largest reduction in state's history.   Last Friday,

Increase Chances of Parole in Texas by Being Active While Incarcerated

While we discuss this more thoroughly in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, I just wanted to say a few words about how taking part in classes while incarcerated can potentially improve the chances of parole. GED

$250 Million in Prison Budget Cuts

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is preparing for a $250 million budget cut for the 2018-2019 budget. The agency has declined where the savings will occur but closing prisons and releasing more nonviolent offenders is not out of the

Former U.S. Marshal Joins CCA Board

Former director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Stacia Hylton, has joined the board of directors of Corrections Corporation of America. Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, is the largest for-profit prison corporation in the country.   Ms. Hyltons' appointment comes

Judge Says Texas Must Provide Safe Drinking Water to Inmates

A federal judge ordered the Texas prison system to provide safe drinking water that doesn't violate "contemporary standards of decency" to inmates in a Texas prison. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison gave the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas 15

10 Candidates Considered for Executive Director of TDCJ

Ten people, all who already work for Texas Department of Criminal Justice, are being considered for as replacement for retiring Executive Director Brad Livingston. Livingston, who leaves his post in August, leads nearly 40,000 employees, manages a $3 billion annual

Cell Phones in Prison and How They Can Affect Parole

Cell Phones in Prison The prison systems are now taking the position that the #1 problem in the facilities are contraband cell phones. To support their case they are arguing the cell phones create a "danger" of escape, being used to arrange

TDCJ Unveils New Inmate Censorship Policy

In the new Offender Orientation Handbook released this earlier this month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice instituted a new policy punishing offenders for having a social media presence even if it is managed by a friend or family member.