Category Archives: Texas Criminal Justice

What are the TDCJ Custody Levels Assigned to an Offender?

All offenders are assigned a custody level upon entering TDCJ.  Custody levels determine where an offender can be housed and amount of freedom.

How to Find Texas Parole Status Information

Find an inmate. Free inmate locator for TDCJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons and other Texas jails.

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 Parole Support Letters Destroyed Without Being Sent to Voting Members

​This story actually broke in late 2013 but I wanted to discuss it a little more here and for a specific reason. It was revealed that due to mistakes by employees of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, possibly

Good Article on the Private Prison Industry / Racket

Although we usually focus on issues involving Texas prison life or Texas parole or, even more often, Texas parole packets, we do keep an eye on anything to do with the Texas prison system. Politico magazine/website carries an article today

Texas Lawsuit Alleges Prisons Without Air Conditioning are Inhumane

A lawsuit was filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project on behalf of 58 year old Larry Gene McColuum who died while suffering a seizure in the soaring 100 degree heat while incarcerated in a Texas prison.  McCollum was taken

Federal Judge Says Texas Parole Officials Can Be Held Liable for Sex Offender Restrictions

  Once again, a Federal Judge in Austin, Texas has slapped the hand of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles from imposing Condition X without due process. In an order issued last week in Austin, Texas, U.S. District Judge

New Parole Law Makes it Easier for Foreigners to Achieve Parole

While Texas politicians are concerned with keeping Texans behind bars (and reducing any rehabilitative programs as well as food programs in the prison system), the budget woes allowed them a backdoor way to address immigration issues as well. On September

Once Again, Court Says No to Parole Board

In a case of "Won't they ever learn"? a federal judge, Judge Lee Yeakel, issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles from imposing Condition X without due process. While the issue of the Board's policy

Federal Court Issues Injunction Against Texas Board of Pardons and Parole

As reported on last week, an Austin federal judge agreed with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole could not unilaterally impose sex offender conditions, known as Condition X, on parolees who

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

Inmate Health Care Cut Again – Shame on Texas!

Starting September 1, the health care funding for inmates in the prison system in Texas will be cut by $ 75 million dollars. According to statements by Brad Livingston, executive director of the Department of Criminal Justice, in Business Week,

Further Developments on Parolees with Sex Offender Conditions (who aren’t sex offenders)

As we mentioned in a previous article, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the parole officers could't just place a "sex offender" tag and conditions on parolees without a hearing on whether or not they were justified. Although

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Attempts to Limit Review of Bad Evidence in Criminal Trials

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling on limitations he believes are imposed on the Forensic Science Commission’s ability to investigate past cases, even those which result in death sentences. The opinion was issued following a request by