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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.

Still Time to Order Our Parole Book for Christmas!

The one thing that prisoners have is plenty of time and not enough to do to fill it. In addition, the holiday season is particularly hard since it really drives home the fact they are missing from their loved ones.

Since the TDCJ system severely restricts what can be sent to someone who is incarcerated there is no better gift (other than a deposit into their commissary account) than the printed copy of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet!

The book goes into detail and provides examples of how to prepare a Texas parole packet for the greatest chances of making parole at the next review. An offender and their loved ones should begin preparing early so there is plenty of time to get the materials together as well as allowing plenty of thought and planning to go into the contents.

Orders that are placed now will go into the mail ASAP and should arrive at the unit in plenty of time for Christmas. In addition to the printed book, the digital copy will also be available for the person on the outside helping to prepare the packet.

Orders for the printed copy of this book can be made at this link.

Can You Get a Court Appointed Lawyer for Texas Parole?

texas-paroleUnfortunately in Texas, parole is (mistakenly in my opinion) considered a privielege, not a right.

What this means is that many of the safeguards that are present in the criminal justice system, both before trial and on appeal, no longer exist when it is time to apply for parole.

The right to have the state appoint a lawyer for someone that can't afford one is not present in a Texas parole application.

There are a number of great Texas parole attorneys available (and some not so good) but all of them are for hire, none will be appointed by the court. Many of them are too expensive for a family with a loved one in prison, which is one of the reasons that we have written and published our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet.

Unlike some states, Texas does not have the parole hearing process either. While an inmate or an attorney for an inmate can request a personal interview they are not always granted and there is no empircal evidence available that the personal interview actually makes any difference in the granting of parole.

What does appear to make a difference is a good parole packet. This is for a number of reasons, discussed more fully in other posts as well as in the book, but I think it is primarily that a well done parole packet removes the impersonal reading of a file and instead puts a human touch on the process.

By all means, if you can afford a Texas Parole lawyer then you should hire one but if you can't then you should prepare a good parole packet and we, of course, believe that our 2014 version of the How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet book. The book is available in digital format which can be instantly downloaded or in a bundle that includes both the digital version (which can be read on your computer or other device) as well as a printed copy that can be sent to you or to an inmate in the Texas prison system.