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Chances of Making Parole the First Time

The questions “What are the chances of making parole the first time?”, along with “How long until I get my first parole review?”, are probably the two questions most asked by people entering the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system. Unfortunately, this is one of the few statistics which the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole do not provide in some form. However, take heart! As we discuss later, there are some general assumptions that can be made as well as some things that can be done to improveRead More


What is Parole?

What is Parole?

Parole is a method to release a person early from their prison sentence and yet still keep an eye on them as they gradually adjust to living within the rules of society.


Parole Guidelines Score – What It Is and Why It Is Important

We were amazed to see not only were many of the newly available parole packet preparation services doing such a lousy job but some were not even addressing the Parole Guidelines Score or were using old numbers which resulted in an incorrect score. Since many of them actually bought our book and set up their service using the method established by us, this is particularly troubling. This is such an important part of a Texas Parole Packet that we wanted to provide just a little information on it via ourRead More


2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet Now Available

Just this brief announcement to let our readers know that the 2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet ebook and bundle (containing both the ebook and a printed book) are available now in our store and on Amazon. If you have ordered the book in the last month or so you received the latest edition automatically but we will be sending emails out with links to those of you who have purchased lately and allowing you to download the latest edition at no extra charge. The newRead More


How a Parole Package Helps

With frequency, Texas Parole Now gets asked “How does a parole package help someone make parole?”   When it comes to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole a parole package can provide the voting members background information about the offender. Obtaining the necessary documents to compile a good parole package can takes several months. A parole package provides information such as inmates background, education, accomplishments, risk assessment, post-parole plans, and continued rehabilitative programs upon release.  The parole packet offers a picture of the potential parolee showing them as aRead More


Why Submit A Parole Packet?

Parole Packets are a means by which the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive information about an inmate's rehabilitation, participation in educational classes, and character which are used to determine an offender's parole vote. A parole package is not necessary for an inmate to make parole.  The voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole do not require anyone to do anything.  However the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive hundreds of files each month for review for parole and mandatory supervision.  A paroleRead More


Writing to Inmates

Don't be afraid to write a friend or loved one while they are in prison.  Writing a letter is a small and easy thing to do for those on the outside but receiving letters while incarcerated makes a huge difference in their day.  Letters received while in prison makes them feel loved, and allows them to still be part of the family. Once you send the first letter, each one that follows will be easier to write. However, not only is it important to write the letter but also toRead More


The Most Important Part of a Texas Parole Package

The title to this article may be just a little misleading because every part of a parole packet, especially when done using the system we describe in our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is important. That's due to the fact that the system is set up to cover all areas and appeal to whatever the specific voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole think are important. However, there is one part of the packet that we see people messing up on very, very oftenRead More


Be Very Careful About Downloading Free Texas Parole Packet Forms

We just wanted to give you a quick warning. Over the last few months we've noticed a number of websites offering "free" downloads of Texas Parole Packets, forms, and letters. We're not going to put the websites here because that increases their Google score but we have reason to suspect that using some of these websites will instead cause you to download viruses, worms, copyrights/protected information, and other malware. Most of these websites are pretty shady looking, may have foreign languages on them, have nonsense domain names, and often have a lotRead More


Can You Get a Court Appointed Lawyer for Texas Parole?

Unfortunately in Texas, parole is (mistakenly in my opinion) considered a privielege, not a right. What this means is that many of the safeguards that are present in the criminal justice system, both before trial and on appeal, no longer exist when it is time to apply for parole. The right to have the state appoint a lawyer for someone that can't afford one is not present in a Texas parole application. There are a number of great Texas parole attorneys available (and some not so good) but all of them are forRead More