While we try to keep our topics and posts relevant to Texas Paroles, we occasionally also post information about things happening in The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, in the Texas parole system, and prison life in general, since we know many of you want to keep up with information which may affect your friends or loved ones.
As you may know, the federal parole system is completely different than the State of Texas Parole system, administered through the Texas Department of Pardons and Paroles. Generally, a person who has been sentenced on a federal charge will be expected to do about 90% of their sentence before being released on parole, where in the state system, it can be as low as 20-25%.
However, we’ve been seeing and hearing many things about the federal system which are distressing. As everyone has likely heard, the federal government is currently “shut down” and this affects the budgeting for the federal prison system as well. This reduction in funding means shortages in both staffing and in resources in general.
The lack of funds can mean less, or even no, visitation since there are insufficient guards to supervise the visits, a reduction in medical care, lower quality food and possibly even missed meals.
In New York, there have been independently confirmed reports of nearly 800 prisoners engaging in a hunger strike due to the cancellation of family visits.
It is likely many guards will refuse to show up to work as the shutdown continues and the long term effects could be numerous.
If you have a loved one in the federal prison system, or even in the state systems although it isn’t being affected by the shutdown, who is not receiving proper medical care, not receiving food, or other services which would be normal then we at TexasParoleNow.com urge you to contact the office of your U.S. Senator or Representative and voice your displeasure. In addition, you may want to talk to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or a private civil rights lawyer. Just because the President is having a temper tantrum is no reason to deny those who are imprisoned their Constitutionally guaranteed rights. Also, urge the prisoners not to take their frustrations out on the guards since many of them are entering their second month of working with no pay. Feuds between the guards and the prisoners will not result in anything positive for the prisoners. In other words, those type of situations will only hurt, they cannot help.