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3g Offenses and Why They Matter

In Texas, the date of theoretical parole eligibility depends primarily on whether the offense is "3g or non 3g". So what does the term 3g mean? 3g is a shorthand way of saying that an offense is considered aggravated under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42.12 (3) (g). The crimes under this section are: Capital Murder, Murder, Indecency with a Child by Contact, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Sexual Assault, Injury to a Child, Injury to an Elderly Person, Injury to a Disabled Individual, Sexual Performance by a Child,Read More


Be Careful What Is In the Texas Parole Packet

One of the ways in which having a Texas parole lawyer can help is that the professional can take an objective look at the materials and know what should, and more importantly should not, be in there. As our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package (available as an ebook and in print), points out, a major function of the parole packet is to help the voting members of the parole board able to see the offender as a person rather than just as a mug shot, aRead More


Can I Appeal a Denial of Parole?

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


What is Parole in Texas?

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


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


Clash of Cultures in Prison

I know some people look at his website while they, or a loved one, are waiting to go to prison and that's a great idea because they are already starting to look ahead to their Texas parole and will be ahead of the game. (Don't forget to take a look at our book on parole in Texas at this link) However, this website is about prison life as well as how to get parole so there is an important topic to cover, that of the culture clashes which occur inRead More


Texas Prison Lockdowns

No, they're not all on lockdown right now so don't worry. I just noticed people asking about this issue on another site and while it doesn't strictly deal with Texas Parole or Texas Parole Packets it is still an issue with which the families and friends, not to mention the prisoners themselves, are concerned. A lockdown is where prisoners are confined to their cells or rooms, in some cases they aren't even allowed to leave their bunks, for a period of time. Every unit in the Texas Prison System, whetherRead 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.


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


Texas Prisons Consider Layoffs Due to Budget

First, I don't think it will happen. While some of the more expensive private prisons may be closed, such as CCA or GEO run prisons, Idon't believe for an instant that TDC will actually cut any employees. The Texas Department of Corrections issued a statement on Monday advising that if it has to cut its spending by the 15% bing discussed, it would result in 7.300 layoffs of personnel. As could be expected TDC is casting this as a "threat to public safety".  "Our goal is to keep the public'sRead More