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One of the more common questions we get is "What is the most important factor in making parole?".
This can be answered in two ways, the first is that you must prepare a good parole packet. There are many reasons for this, which we discuss in great detail in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, available in both eBook format as well as a bundle including the eBook and a printed copy which can be mailed to the reader or to the incarcerated person seeking parole.
However, there is something that can be done starting the first day a person enters the prison system that will do more than anything else to increase their chance of parole.
Stay out of trouble!
The good time credit in the Texas parole system allow a person to get a year's credit when they actually only serve 90 days or so. This means that on a two year sentence most people will be released between six to ten months, depending on a variety of other factors.
However, any "write ups" or "strikes" that are received whether they be for not following the dress code, fighting, or general insubordination can result in a loss of a part or all of the good time credit that has been accumulated.
Unfortunately, many prison guards are bullies who take the job because it pays relatively well, doesn't require a great deal of education, and plays to their egos. While other guards are top notch, the bullies will write someone up for the most minor of infractions, true or not, because they know that can easily cause the offender to do additional time.
It is in situations like this that the offender needs to swallow thir pride, take whatever BS the prison guard chooses to distribute, and go on their way, counting down the days to their release.
While the main purpose of this website is to help people understand the parole process in Texas and also to educate them about the importance of parole packets, we also try to occasionally offer our insights into life inside prison and what can be done to make it easier on the offenders.
We've mentioned before how a few dollars placed into an inmates commissary account can be a big deal and how uplifting "making store" can be, even if they only get a few soups and a soft drink. The prisons which are actually run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, such as the Gurney Unit, usually serves an adequate amount of food although the taste is sometimes horrible and the food almost inedible. However, the prisons run by the "for profit" companies like GEO and CCA offer an amount of food that is minimal and often actually inedible. Reports are often received of a serving of pinto beans that has only three beans and the rest being the congealed liquid which occurs from using too few beans and too much corn starch (apparently) to cut costs.
However, before we get diverted too far, we just wanted to suggest that great gifts to send to someone who is incarcerated are books. Not just the ones we sell here and at RebellionBooks.com (including our great How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet) but any books can help someone's mind escape from the daily hell of life on the inside.
Many people who are in prison don't think they like to read and so books aren't an obvious choice but once they get into them you never know what will happen. It may encourage them to continue to better themselves when they are released, perhaps pursue a different career, or complete an education they had abandoned.
The prison system will allow most book publishers to send books directly to a prisoner so it is one of the few gifts that is virtually guaranteed to make it to them.
Just a thought, but to change a life you have to start somewhere.