Legal Zoom Bankruptcy Forms

Understanding the Texas Parole Process

Juris Dictionary

Recent Articles
Ask a Lawyer:

Anyone Interested in a Free Webinar on the Texas Parole System or Texas Parole Packets?

We are exploring the possibility of offering a short, online seminar (known as a webinar) to interested persons. It will be aimed at those who have purchased our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet although a purchase isn't going to be required to attend the webinar.

In the webinar we will cover the basics of the parole system in Texas as well as the purpose of a parole packet, the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a Texas parole lawyer, and why preparing a parole packet is important.

The webinar will be free for all attendees.

If you are interested, please feel free to drop us a line at this email and we will start making a list and will advise you as to the schedule. Also, if there is something special you want covered, let us know in the email and we will try to add it to the list.

Denial of Parole and Next Parole Packet

Unfortunately, many potential parolees are denied their first parole and the reasons given are usually just a form, particularly the one known as 2d, which doesn't seem to fit most people despite it being used so often.

Regardless, it is still important for there to be a new parole packet done each time parole is being considered.

There are a number of reasons for this. The first reason is that, obviously, what was in the parole packet didn't work the first time and so it should be corrected and added to if possible. Even if the initial packet was extremely good, the offender has still spent additional time away from their family and friends and there is no reason not to address that in the support letters written.

In addition, if the offender has been continuing their education, taking classes offered through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice while in the Texas prison, outside entities, or even the church, then they will have additional certificates to present.

Finally, no one knows, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles won't reveal, how much attention is paid to the information contained in the file that was submitted prior to the last parole consideration. Therefore, it makes sense to update the parole packet and resubmit it for the next vote.

When Should You Start Preparing Your Texas Parole Packet

For some reason, many people believe they should wait until the inmate is up for review before preparing the parole packet. This is absolutely incorrect!

The Parole Board can receive the inmate's file and vote on parole as much as 60 days prior to the actual eligibility date. If a vote has taken place then the board members do not review the new materials.

This is why it is important to begin work on the Texas parole packet early, as much as six months to a year before the parole eligibility date. If you use the method, forms, and examples set forth in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, the packet itself will be between 20 and sixty pages long, depending on how much information you want to include from multiple sources.  

Naturally, this amount of information can take a while to put together. You want to be sure the information inthe parole packet is complete and in the parole file before it goes to the voting member. If your parole packet is not completed and turned in with the file, then it is very possible the vote will take place based only on information submitted by the prosecutor, the police, and the prison, none of whom are on the side of the potential parolee.

The best thing you can do is to start on the parole packet as soon as possible. If we update our book, then we make the new updates available to everyone who has made a purchase so there is no need to wait on making the purchase and getting started. A Texas parole packet is a way to increase the chances of your loved one making parole, so it deserves as much time and attention as you can devote to it.