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Money Provided to the Offender on Release (aka Gate Money)

The term "gate money" refers to the predetermined amount of money given to eligible offenders upon discharge from state prison.

Visitation Cancelled at Lopez State Jail Due to Illness

Due to a confirmed illness at Lopez State Jail in Edinburg, Texas, all offenders assigned to Z-4 and Z-3 housing areas, are temporarily restricted from receiving visitors on August 26, 2017 and August 27,2017. The Texas Department of Criminal Justices has

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.

Filing A Tax Return For An Inmate

With tax season almost over do not overlook filing a federal tax return for an inmate. Any inmate receiving income from investments, income earned while not incarcerated, or has a spouse with income may need to file a federal tax return.

2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet Now Available

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.

What Happens at the Parole Eligibility Date?

What happens on an inmate’s parole eligibility date?  Basically nothing.  The parole eligibility dates is not the date the parole board will decide whether or not to grant parole, it means the inmate can be released at any time after

Comments on the Blog – SPAMmers don’t bother

We love comments and emails from the readers here but I wanted to add a note. We are deluged with obvious SPAM comments. Not only are the people doing this hurting themselves because Google now penalizes you for this, but

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Notice of our new blog posts are now being automatically transmitted via twitter. Click here to visit our Twitter feed and keep up to date on any changes in the Texas Prison or Parole system.

Texas Prisons Consider Layoffs Due to Budget

First, I don't think it will happen. While some of the more expensive private prisons may be closed, such as CCA or GEO run prisons, Idon't believe for an instant that TDC will actually cut any employees. The Texas Department

Texas Juries Strike Again – Life Sentence for DWI

First, let me add that I realize DWI can have serious effects. It can result in death of innocent people. The gentleman in this case out of Williamson County, Bobby Joe Stovall, had 8 prior DWI convictions when he had

BAMBI Enters the Texas Prison System

In 2007, Texas announced a program called the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative or BAMBI for short. The program is modeled on the Federal Bureau of Prison's Mothers and Infants Together program. Even though the initiative was announced three years

The Importance of a Parole Packet to Texas Parole

If you look at the number of parole reviews the voting members conduct , and divide that by the number of minutes they can work in a year, you quickly see that if they did nothing but look at parole

Congress Changes Cocaine Sentencing Laws

Although it deals more with Federal sentences and this website is primarily a Texas site, it is still important to keep in mind the mind set of the authorities. Although it will have minimal, or no, effect on Texas parole

Parole as it Relates to State Jail

As the news has had stories about legislators and others debating whether or not the State Jail system unique to Texas should be shut down, several people have asked about what State Jail is and how parole works if you