Category Archives: Texas Legislature

Doing Time – It’s What You Make of It

While this website was originally conceived to assist people in preparing for parole, we quickly realized decisions made at the very beginning of the incarceration would have effects on the length of the actual time.

Adult Parole System in Texas

​The Texas Legislative Budget Board staff recently published a two-page brief titled Adult Parole in Texas which provides a general overview of budget items affecting parole.  

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

Another Effort To Privatize Prisons in Texas

Texas Prison Bid'ness, an excellent website keeping an eye on the private prison industry in Texas, has a good article at this link. They address the fact that Texas lawmakers once again tried to privatize more prisons, including one lawmaker

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

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,

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

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

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

New Link to the Texas House Corrections Committee Audio Minutes

For those of you who are interested, and you should be interested if you have a loved one in prison and/or looking at parole, there is a link in the sidebar on the right to the Texas House Corrections Committee.

Life Without Parole for Juveniles in Texas

In a move that surprised no one, the Texas Court if Criminal Appeals upheld the life without parole sentence for a juvenile convicted of murdering to San Antonio friends in 2006. The vote was split 7-2 , which in itself

Proposed Change in Texas DWI Law

Like Texas didn't already have enough ways to put people in jail, lawmakers are not going to discuss adding a new crime of Driving While Abilities Impaired (DWAI). This will allow charges to be brought in cases where people's breath