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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.

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.

Texas Parole Commissioner Indicted on Tampering With Government Records

Texas parole commissioner Pamela Freeman has been indicted for tampering with government records.

An investigation which led to an indictment revealed that Freeman made notes in official government files that at least five inmates refused to be interviewed when being considered for parole.  

Freeman was indicted on Wednesday and is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Last June, San Antonio parole lawyer Kevin Stouwie complained to Brue Toney and state Senator John Whitmire, that on April 30, at least five inmates at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville were called into an area to be interviewed by Freeman.  The inmates and other prison workers saw Freeman at the prison that day, but said she did not interview any of the five men.  Instead, Freeman recorded in the file that all five men had refused to be interviewed.  All five were subsequently denied parole.

Whitmire, chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and Toney, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General, initiated the investigation.  

"It always concerns you that you have people entrusted with such huge responsibilities allegedly violating the trust and responsibilities to do the right thing," Whitmire said. "We have zero tolerance if we know about it."
According to Huntsville parole lawyer Bill Habern, this investigation is not the first time attorneys have complained about Freeman's actions.  "She's had a long and troubled history with lawyers who do parole work."

Texas Pardons and Parole Board Chair Rissie Owens said the incident does not reflect the actions of the rest of the board's employees.  "While this incident is unfortunate and certainly impermissible if true, it is by no means representative of our agency, which is comprised of dedicated, honorable and hard-working staff who take pride in the work they do to represent the board."

It is unclear whether the Parole Board is going to reconsider the cases of the five men.