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Important Information about the Texas Parole Process

  Did you know that only 20% of Texas inmates are granted parole on their first try?  Parole is not automatic.  It is granted at the discretion of the members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Under the Texas Parole laws, the Texas Parole Board is not obligated to interview parole eligible inmates.  The information the board uses to determine parole is only what is in their case file.  The case file contains diagnostic prison data, social background information, offense information, conversations with prosecutors and arresting officers,  criminalRead 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

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

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

CCA Being Investigated For Sexual Assault

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the corporation which has contracts to manage a number of Texas prisons, is currently under investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  as a result of allegations that their guards were groping and propositioning female prisoners for sex. This investigation is being conducted due to actions at the T. Don Hutto facility in Taylor, Texas.  To those familiar with CCA, these allegations come as no surprise. The company, which also manages the Mineral Wells PPTF, Bradshaw State Jail, and several others is known for being veryRead More