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3g Offenses and Why They Matter

In Texas, the date of theoretical parole eligibility depends primarily on whether the offense is "3g or non 3g". So what does the term 3g mean? 3g is a shorthand way of saying that an offense is considered aggravated under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42.12 (3) (g). The crimes under this section are: Capital Murder, Murder, Indecency with a Child by Contact, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Sexual Assault, Injury to a Child, Injury to an Elderly Person, Injury to a Disabled Individual, Sexual Performance by a Child,Read More


Best Tip for Making Parole in Texas

Being granted parole requires a combination of many different factors. The original crime and the facts involved can play a huge part as can the behavior while incarcerated.  Of course, preparing a good parole packet can make a world of difference as well, as we discuss and give examples of in our book available both as an ebook for immediate download and as a bundle that includes the digital file as well as a printed copy that can be sent into the prison so that the prisoner can help withRead More


How to Choose a Texas Parole Lawyer

For those inmates lucky enough to have family or friends that can afford to hire a Texas Parole Attorney then difficulty then becomes "which one to hire?" A few tips to making your selection (and we certainly hope you'll consider hiring one of those Texas parole lawyers  who advertise on this site): 1) Pick an attorney that you like. You will have to work with them for a little while and so you want it to be as pleasant as possible. Nothing is worse than having to work with someoneRead More


Can I Appeal a Denial of Parole?

This is a bit of a tricky question in Texas.  When parole has been denied, the offender  can certainly send a Request for Reconsideration but, realistically, unless the Parole Board did something like consider evidence that wasn't a part of the file (ex. make their decision based on the wrong file) then it isn't likely to be granted. Add to this, the offender never knows what was reviewed or what made the difference in the decision since the reasons given for the denial are general in nature and there isRead More


How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package

Many of us can't afford a lawyer to help a loved one with parole, but we still want them to have a fair shot at parole in Texas. That's the reason we developed "How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package", written by a psychology professional and a former attorney. The book is now available through RebellionBooks.com  and contains complete and easy to follow directions and forms to help prepare a Parole Presentation Package. It is available as an eBook for instant download, or in printed form.   For someone workingRead More


Increase Chances of Parole

Most people with a loved one in prison struggle with their finances anyway and with the economy the way it is then it makes life even harder. There are some things that can be done to make the Texas prison sentence shorter, and make getting Texas parole more likely. 1) Stay out of trouble while in prison. Yes, some of the guards are asses and yes, some other prisoners are too, but the guards have all the power and at least a few of the other prisoners don't care ifRead More


The Most Important Part of a Parole Package

Preparing a parole package increases the chances of the offender making parole for a number of reasons, but chief among them is that it makes that potential parolee stand out from the rest of them. Since the statistics show that only a few minutes is spent,on average, with each parolee's file anything which catches the attention of the hearing officer in a positive way would increase their chances.  The following excerpt, which discusses what we feel is the most important part of the parole packet, is from our book, "HowRead More


First Days in the Texas Prison System – Part 1

To those people who have never been in prison or talked with someone who has been there (on the other side of the plexiglass), we thought we would offer a little insight into what happens from the time the prisoner is picked up at the county jail. This is for males, but I assume it works close to the same for females. Usually the first sign that a prisoner gets that he is being transferred is when the jailer yells out his name and tells him to get ready, TDCRead More


Putting Together a Parole Packet

While our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, goes into the process and requirements in detail, several people have asked about other parole letters and packets on the internet and we thought we would take this chance to discuss them. The important thing to remember about a parole packet is that it may be the only chance the voting members have to see anything personal about the offender. We know their files contain letters from the DA, police reports, prison records, and sometimes letters from the "victims".Read More


Begin Working on Parole Packets Early

It is fine to trickle support letters in to the parole office, but the actual parole packet needs to be thereat least a week, preferably 2 weeks, before the cutoff date provided by the parole board.


Parole Guidelines Scores

One of the most important parts of the parole process is the evaluation of the Parole Guidelines Score. The calculation of this appears to be  a complicated procedure to someone who doesn't work with it regularly. In our book, "How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package", available for an instant download, we have given easy to follow instructions on how to make the calculations. By being able to make this calculation correctly you can spot potential problems and address them in the parole packet, rather than finding out only whenRead More


When to File a Parole Packet

One of the questions I keep seeing pop up on the various forums around the internet is when to file the parole packet, parole support letters, and other items to be sent to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole in an attempt to get your loved one released form the Texas Department of Corrections on Parole. While we discuss this in more detail in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, I wanted to take a few minutes here to give you our reasoning.  It isRead More


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 applications, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, they would have about ten minutes each to review a complete file and make a decision. However, realistically, at least half or more of their time is spent on duties other than just a review of the files, thus reducing theRead More


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 are sentenced to State Jail, so I thought we'd take a few lines to give a brief explanation. A number of years ago lawmakers were reclassifying crimes and decided to take some felonies and move them down in class, creating a new system called "State Jail Felonies". These carry mandatoryRead More


Now is the Time for a Perfect Parole Package

As we've mentioned before, the Texas prison system is facing some serious budget problems, even to the point of where they are considering closing some of the contracted prisons such as Mineral Wells. It is extremely unlikely that the budget will be as high has it has been in the past and the only way to reduce the budget is to reduce the number of prisoners. Since local courts aren't going to quit sentencing people and local jails are full, the only solution is for them to turn more peopleRead More


Important Tip for Parole

Many people ask what is the most important thing a prisoner can do to make parole in Texas? Obviously, staying out of trouble while in prison is the most important, but other than that it is making some kind of verifiable effort at what passes for "rehabilitation" in the Texas prison system. That includes taking every class that they are allowed to take. Taking classes serves several purposes, the first is that it helps pass the time and makes it easier to stay out of trouble. Next, it shows someRead More