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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.

How to Help Someone During the Parole Review Process

Of course, the best way to help someone is by sending them a copy of our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, which contains forms, instructions, and examples of all of the documents needed to increase the chances of parole being granted. 

However, even if you don't want to go to that time and expense, you can still help.

One of the most important items contained in the Texas parole packet are support letters. These letters can come from friends, families, employers, or acquaintances. Their purpose is to let the parole board know the personal, human side of the prisoner and not just the details of their crime, the comments of any of the police, or the mug shot contained in the file.

Parole support letters can take many forms and there are a number of them that can be found by running a quick internet search. However, we can't recommend any of those. We spent a great deal of time and effort crafting the ones contained in our book and they are designed to enhance a specific strategy. Rather, than using one of the others you find on the web, our suggestion would be to just write a letter "from the heart" explaining why the potential parolee will have a support system when they are granted parole, how they will stay out of trouble, and how you intend to help them.

Putting together a plan for making parole is much, much harder than many of the forums on the internet make it appear. Their method is to just throw a lot of stuff at the parole board in the hope that some of it sticks. However, that ignores the way that the parole system actually works in Texas, three individual voting members examining the file one at a time and then voting one at a time, never actually meeting about the person.

Is there is no specific plan in place, then speaking from the heart will make it more likely the voters will believe what you are saying and thus believe that the parolee has a better support system in place.

Conditions of Parole

We've received a few questions asking about the different conditions that can be placed on a person when they are released on parole. Keep in mind that each case is different and there can be other, case specific conditions than the ones listed below.
 
Below is a list of the standard conditions of parole.  We cannot answer specifically what conditions apply to a parolee because each case is different.   However, the list should provide a general idea of the typical parole conditions:

  • Report regularly to parole officer;
  • Obtain permission in advance for any travel out of a county;
  • Submit to random searches of their homes, cars and persons (including blood, urine and saliva testing, for disease, drugs or other contraband);
  • Obey all laws;
  • Refrain from using, buying or selling alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Avoid certain people, such as victims, witnesses, gang members or persons with criminal records;
  • Pay money for court-ordered restitution; and
  • Attend classes or counseling sessions, such as court-ordered drug or alcohol treatment classes or anger management classes.

Additional pre-determined conditions which can may be applied to a parolee:

  • Condition E – Mandatory participation in Education or Vocation programs
  • Condition I – To inform any potential employer of offender's criminal history if the offender will be employed in a position of financial responsibility.
  • Condition Z – Parolee is not to enter a specified county
  • Condition C – Parolee cannot conduct certain financial transactions due to a conviction for theft or fraud or who have a propensity for theft or fraudulent criminal behavior.
  • Condition P – Parolee is to participate in psychological or psychiatric evaluation or a mental health treatment program.
  • Condition M -Parolee must obide by the laws for Sex Offender Registration and DNA Submission.
  • Condition R – Parolee must pay restitution
  • Condition S- Parole must abide by laws of substance abuse treatment and testing
  • Condition T- Parolee is on electronic monitoring
  • Condition V- Parolee must avoid and have no contact with the victim
  • Condition X- Parolee is required to register as a sex offender, enroll in a sex offender treatment and obey all other requirements for sex offenders. (Note that this condition was severely restricted by the courts recently,)
  • Condition N- Parolee is prohibited from using the internet (usually applied to certain sex offenders but can also be applied in other circumstances such as internet fraud)