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

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

The Term

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

Authority for Gate Money

Texas statutes provides for a payment of $100 to each offender released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Institutions Division (TDCJ-CID).  This payment, also known as gate money, is intended to help purchase food, drinks, clothing, or hotel to get the parolee to their approved parole destination.

Payment of Gate Money

The release payment is divided into two payments.  A $50.00 check and a bus voucher is provided when the offender is released on parole or mandatory supervision to help with transportation to the area where they are being paroled to.  The parolee will receive an additional $50.00 check upon reporting to their parole officer.

An offender who is not required to report to a parole officer immediately after release (ex. they are not on parole because they actually served all their time) is paid the full amount of $100 in a check at the time of release.

Cashing the Gate Money Check

Many offenders are released without any actual cash and often with no state issued identification documents or the documents have expired. Taking this into account, the gate money checks can almost always be cashed at the bus station or, if the offender is picking up their ticket at an authorized source for tickets which is not a bus station, the check can usually be cashed there. Usually if it is not a bus station the location will be a convenience store.


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