Category Archives: Felon Rights

Now Available-2018 Edition of How to Prepare A Texas Parole Packet

The new 2018 edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet contains updated information concerning the parole board members, address and phone changes, 2017 year-end statistics, updated scores used in the Parole Guidelines Calculator, and other important information.

Diligent Participation Credit For State Jail Felony

A person convicted of a State Jail Felony in Texas can be eligible for Diligent Participation Credit for early release.

Medical and Dental Visits While in Prison

All TDCJ inmates have the right to at least some medical and dental care while in a TDCJ prison.

TDCJ Unveils New Inmate Censorship Policy

In the new Offender Orientation Handbook released this earlier this month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice instituted a new policy punishing offenders for having a social media presence even if it is managed by a friend or family member.

Texas to Allow Food Stamps for Felons with a Drug Conviction

Effective September 1, 2015, parolees with a felony drug conviction are once again eligible to apply for and receive federal food assistance commonly known as Food Stamps. Many states opted to bar drug felons from Foods Stamps, which is now

Getting Your GED While Incarcerated

Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter

Can a Texas Felon Vote?

One question that is on the minds of many Texas felons is are they allowed to vote?  The answer is "yes", as long as they meet the qualifications. In Texas, voting qualifications are covered under the Texas Election Code, Title

Federal Court Says Texas Prisons Without Air Conditioning Violates Eighth Amendment

Monday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Texas case that extreme heat can violate prisoners' rights. The case, which involved a 64-year-old former Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate suffered from hypertension and other medical ailments,

New Laws Go Into Effect on 9/1/2011

Just a reminder, in Texas the new laws go into effect on September 1 of the year of a legislative session, which is today. While there are around 700 new Texas laws which took effect today there are 3 that

News from the Texas Legislature

As many of you know, the Texas House Corrections Committee and the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee are the sections of the legislature that plan and suggest changes to the Texas parole system. The budget talks are not getting any

Cell Phones in Prison

There has been a lot of press on the issue of cell phones in prison lately, particularly since Charles Manson has been caught with a couple, and the problem is rampant in Texas institutions. The legislators and prison personnel are

Texas Prison Budget Cut Proposals

I actually started working on this post a week ago, but was waiting to post until I heard more about the plans. Since there hasn't been anything new for a week or so, I thought it was time to go

Restoring Gun Rights and Voting Rights After a Felony Conviction – New Book Now Available!

Convicted felons can get the right to vote and the right to own a gun back. A new book provides information on the laws in all 50 states.