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The Texas parole system is different than most states and different than what you see in the movies or on television, or at least the part concerned with whether or not to grant a parole to an inmate in the Texas prison system. For starters, there are three voting members of each board deciding whether or not a parole is granted in Texas. However, only two members vote unless they disagree and only then does the third member vote. In addition, there is no hearing where the inmate, witnesses, and/orRead More
The temperatures in the units are climbing now and I'd be willing to bet that they started topping 100 degrees in units like Gurney in early May. Although you get a half hour or so of rec time, usually, in the units other than that and school there isn't much to do or look forward to other than "making store" for those lucky enough to have family put money on their books. The only other bright spot is the possibility of making parole and getting out sooner. As we discussedRead More
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
We have been running this website for a couple of years now and just realized that we have covered some details of what is involved in the parole process, as well as publishing the eBook "How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package" (also available here in a package which includes both the eBook and a printed version which can be mailed to someone in prison) which includes forms and examples, but just realized we have never really discussed exactly what a parole from the Texas prison system is. After beingRead More
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
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
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
In a move that surprised no one, the Texas Court if Criminal Appeals upheld the life without parole sentence for a juvenile convicted of murdering to San Antonio friends in 2006. The vote was split 7-2 , which in itself is at least a glimmer of hope, and was made despite the fact that Texas no longer allows the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole. As usual, the Court of Criminal Appeals held to its belief there are only two types of error in criminal convictions, harmless and none,Read More
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
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.
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
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
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
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