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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.

What Can an Offender do to Prepare a Good Release Plan?

Having a good release plan is important to have before the parole board looks at an offender's file.  Offenders should ask friends and relatives to help arrange a place to live, a job, transportation, and moral support.  If the source of an offender’s trouble is related to the environment to which the offender intends to return, he or she is advised to live elsewhere. If there are no resources in the community to help the offender, the Parole Division’s Review and Release Processing Section can assist in making a halfway house placement. In this case, the offender should contact an institutional parole officer for assistance. Offenders whose crimes were alcohol- or drug-related should look for a location where counseling is available for those problems. 

In our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, we explain how the system works, the strategy we believe is effective in getting a positive parole vote, and exactly how to prepare a parole release plan and a parole packet. The book includes forms, examples, as well as the latest statistics and addresses. We also include a copy of the pertinent laws, statutes, and rules for easy reference.

Why Parole May Be Denied

If an offender is denied parole, the offender is given either a Serve-All (SA) or a Next Review (NR) date.

Next Review (NR) date vote means that the parole panel has decided the offender is not ready for parole but that a subsequent review should be conducted at a specified future date within one to five years for offenders serving a sentence listed in §508.149(a) (typically felony offenses), Government Code, and one year for an offender not serving a sentence under §508.149(a) Government Code.

A Serve-All vote means that the offender is not considered ready for parole and that no future parole reviews will be scheduled. A Serve-All is only be given to offenders who have less than five years remaining until their discharge or scheduled release to mandatory supervision if serving a sentence listed in §508.149(a), Government Code and one year for offenders not serving sentences listed in §508.149(a), Government Code.

One or more of the below sections may apply, but only one is required for approval for a denial.

  • Significant criminal history
  • Nature of offense
  • Drug or alcohol involvement

  • Not adjusting well to the

  • Not Adjustment during periods of supervision

  • Not participating in TDCJ-CID proposed or specialized programs

  • Not enough time served

  • Previous felony offense

  • Other

In our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, available as an ebook or as a bundle which includes the ebook and a printed copy (which can be mailed into the prison so the prisoner can assist in the preparation of the packet) we explain how the system works, the strategy we believe is effective in getting a positive parole vote, and exactly how to prepare a parole packet. The book includes forms, examples, as well as the latest statistics and addresses. We also include a copy of the pertinent laws, statutes, and rules for easy reference.