What is the Parole Guidelines Score?
The Parole Guidelines Score is a risk assessment assigned to every offender who is up for parole consideration. There are two components to the guidelines: Risk Assessment and Offense Severity. The Risk Assessment is assigned a value based on: Age at first commitment to a juvenile or adult correctional facility; History of supervisory release revocations for felony offenses; Prior incarcerations; Employment history; Commitment offense; Current age; Whether the offender is a confirmed security threat group (gang) member; Educational, vocational, and certified on-the-job training programs completed during the present incarceration; Prison disciplinaryRead More
How Does the Texas Parole Board Make Their Decisions?
A question most asked of potential parolees is “How does the Parole Board make their decisions about parole?” The members of the Texas Parole Board use a set of parole guidelines in order to obtain a score for an offender. For years, the Parole Board has been using a two-prong guideline to determine an offender’s likelihood of parole. The guidelines contain two major sections: the Risk Assessment Instrument and the Offense Severity Class. These work together to provide an offender’s likelihood of parole in a single score. In appearance, theRead More
Over 80,000 Inmates Considered for Parole in 2012
In 2012, 81,638 inmates were considered for parole. Of those, only 29,689 were approved. That means the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole approved just 36.8% of the inmates who were up for parole. On average each parole office decides over 16,000 parole reviews per year, roughly 310 per week or almost 63 per day. These numbers do not include the additional thousands of cases in which the board is considering an inmate for mandatory supervision. Based on these numbers, it is clear the members of the Parole BoardRead More
Father’s Day in Prision
Father's Day in prison is rough on both the man inside as well as the kids on the outside. Texas Parole Now urges you to go and visit the dad not only to help improve his spirits but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible. Every father wants nothing more than to be outside the walls. However, if that is not possible then the next thing they want is to know that the people on the outside still loveRead More
The Role of the Institutional Parole Officer In The Parole Process
The Institutional Parole Officer is often times the only official person an inmate will talk to regarding their parole plans. The Institutional Parole Officer is an employee of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles but does not have a vote in the parole process. The role of the IPO is to interview the inmate and create a case summary based on the questions and responses during the interview which the voting members of the parole board will read before rendering a vote. Since the inmate never meets with anyRead More