Christmas in Prison

Unfortunately, if you are reading this blog there is an excellent chance that a loved one will be spending this Christmas in the Texas prison system hopefully working toward a Texas parole. I wanted to post a brief entry to give you an idea of how you can help them make it through a difficult season.

First, stay in touch with them. Pictures mean a lot to the people behind bars and not only let them know that you still care about them but the pictures also allow them to share, at least a little, in the holiday festivities. Take pictures of everything you and the family do and send them!

Second, visit them as much as possible. Christmas Day in prison is depressing, with all of the excitement directed toward one of the few really good meals they get in a year (except for those guys at CCA who get an almost tolerable Christmas meal, followed by bologna sandwiches that night).  The holidays are so much nicer if you can actually get a chance to visit and let them know you love them. It gives them something to look forward to and makes the season a little brighter. 

Third, if you can, put a few dollars "on their books" so they can visit commissary and indulge a little. Any amount is nice, even a candy bar and a couple of "soups" can cheer them up.

Last, send them a gift if you can. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Texas Department of Corrections) rules on what can be sent in are strict and generally it is only books and magazines direct from the publishers or bookstores but a subscription to Sport Illustrated, Field and Stream, or any other is greatly appreciated. Of course, one of the most useful things you can do is help them with their parole packet, which you can do by purchasing "How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package" for yourself or have a copy sent to them. By buying both the digital version and the printed copy to be sent to them you can both work on it together.

We here at and at wish you and yours the best during this season.

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Lawyer X
Lawyer X is the pen name of a former attorney who now spends all of his time writing and consulting. While in practice he was involved in both criminal and civil trials across the United States, including picking or helping to pick juries in hundreds of civil and criminal cases. In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Lawyer X wrote articles, lectured at continuing legal education seminars, and was active in the legal community in many ways. He maintains anonymity now so that he can provide knowledge from inside and express honest opinions and viewpoints that other members of the legal community would just as soon weren't shared.