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Lots and Lots of Bad Info and Scammers Out There

At TexasParoleNow.com we like to keep informed of what is going on both in the prison system and the things in the outside world that concern the people who are incarcerated along with their families. What we have seen is a phenomenal rise in both the number of entities trying to take advantage of people in times of trouble as well as scams. We’ve repeatedly made it clear that if you can afford to employ the services of a parole attorney then that is the route to take. We’ve alsoRead More


Getting Your GED While Incarcerated

Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter TDCJ they are tested to determine their academic level.  Inmates are then placed in educational program based on their Individualized Treatment Plan, which outlines education services for the offender.    Inmates are taught the skills needed to prepare for the GED test.  Classes are typically three hours a day andRead More


Texas Parole Support Letters Destroyed Without Being Sent to Voting Members

‚ÄčThis story actually broke in late 2013 but I wanted to discuss it a little more here and for a specific reason. It was revealed that due to mistakes by employees of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, possibly as many as 86,000 files in their system may have been destroyed along with the support letters and other information which might have supported the parole applications of some prisoners and which could have resulted in their release. While the state tried to correct the mistake by adding employees andRead More


The Importance of Support Letters

There are no accurate statistics available on the effect,if any, support letters have on an inmate or offender making parole but we do discuss them in detail and provide examples in our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet. The problem that we are seeing is that a number of different websites have examples on them of support letters which were obviously drafted by people with no legal or psychological background and the letters have nothing in them which provides any information llikely to be of benefit in persuadingRead 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