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Doing Time – It’s What You Make of It

While this website was originally conceived to assist people in preparing for parole, we quickly realized decisions made at the very beginning of the incarceration would have effects on the length of the actual time.

Update on Hurricane Harvey Prison Evacuations

Severe weather prompted the evacuation of nearly 6,000 inmates from five prisons, three half-way houses and two treatment facilities in Texas.

How to Find Texas Parole Status Information

Find an inmate. Free inmate locator for TDCJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons and other Texas jails.

TDCJ Unveils New Inmate Censorship Policy

In the new Offender Orientation Handbook released this earlier this month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice instituted a new policy punishing offenders for having a social media presence even if it is managed by a friend or family member.

How a Parole Package Helps

With frequency, Texas Parole Now gets asked “How does a parole package help someone make parole?”   When it comes to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole a parole package can provide the voting members background information about the

Why Submit A Parole Packet?

Parole Packets are a means by which the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive information about an inmate's rehabilitation, participation in educational classes, and character which are used to determine an offender's parole vote. A parole package is not

A Suggestion to Help People in Prison

While the main purpose of this website is to help people understand the parole process in Texas and also to educate them about the importance of parole packets, we also try to occasionally offer our insights into life inside prison

Texas To Close Two Prison Facilities

Budget negotiators at the Texas Senate and House have tentatively agreed to close two private run state prisons resolving a political feud that threatened the criminal justice agency. Under Friday’s agreement, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice will decide which

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,

Best Tip for Making Parole in Texas

Being granted parole requires a combination of many different factors. The original crime and the facts involved can play a huge part as can the behavior while incarcerated.  Of course, preparing a good parole packet can make a world of

Federal Court Says Texas Prisons Without Air Conditioning Violates Eighth Amendment

Monday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Texas case that extreme heat can violate prisoners' rights. The case, which involved a 64-year-old former Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate suffered from hypertension and other medical ailments,

Can I Do A Parole Packet Myself?

Look, if you can afford a Texas parole attorney then by all means you should hire one. Texas parole lawyers are trained in the law, have a system in place to do the parole packets, know what needs to so

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

New Parole Law Makes it Easier for Foreigners to Achieve Parole

While Texas politicians are concerned with keeping Texans behind bars (and reducing any rehabilitative programs as well as food programs in the prison system), the budget woes allowed them a backdoor way to address immigration issues as well. On September