Most of you have heard of the recent shooting of the Kaufman County DA here in Texas and the shooting of the Colorado Prison Chief, likely by the same person. That person, Evan Ebel, was on parole when these murders were committed.
Since this is a year that the Legislature is meeting in Austin you may see them increase the budget of the prison system and make it more difficult for prisoners to be paroled.
That is a great reason for submitting parole packets early and doing them well, particularly if you can't afford the fees of a Texas parole lawyer.
Our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, explains how to prepare a packet and provides forms to assist in that. However, and perhaps even more importantly, it provides information on how to calculate and use the Texas Parole Guidelines Score to increase the chances of parole.
The book also stresses that you present things in the best light and at this point you would do well to stress anything which would lead the parole board members to understand why the potential parolee is likely to be able to complete parole with no problems and also anything that indicates the parolee is not violent.
You can expect the system to start tightening back up later this year so if your loved one is up for parole it is important that they give it their best effort this time rather than waiting until the next time they are up for consideration. Right now the criteria are the best hey have been in years and parole rates are high but that could easily change.
People ask us "When is the time to start preparing a Texas parole packet?" Most of you know that a parole packet or a parole presentation package is a collection of documents and pictures sent to the Texas parole board to help them get to know the potential parolee a little better. This is particularly important in Texas since there is not an interview nor does the offender ever meet with an actual member of the parole board who will be voting.
Our answer as to when to start is always the same.
There are many reasons for this, but the main thing to remember is it is better to have the information and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Many times it takes much longer to get the information together than you would think and people are forced to submit packets without all of the materials. When you are trying for parole in Texas you need every bit of help you can get.
We discuss the various parts of the packet in our eBook, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, available as a download which can then be used to prepare the packet or as a download and printed copy. As a bookstore, we can mail the printed copy to a prisoner at his unit or directly to you. By all means, if you can afford a parole attorney, hire one, but if you can't, our low priced eBook will help you to do the best job possible.