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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


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


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


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


Congress Changes Cocaine Sentencing Laws

Although it deals more with Federal sentences and this website is primarily a Texas site, it is still important to keep in mind the mind set of the authorities. Although it will have minimal, or no, effect on Texas parole laws, the House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will change the disparity between sentencing for powdered cocaine and crack. Many had complained that the difference in sentencing for the two drugs had little justification in fact, and resulted in a greater number of African Americans being incarcerated, sinceRead More


What does a Serve All from parole mean?

I've noticed a lot of people asking about what it really means when their loved one gets a "serve all" from the Texas Department of Pardons and Parole and whether it really means they have to do all of their sentence? It does not. A "serve all" is a short way of saying that the offender will not be approved for discretionary parole and must serve the sentence at least until their "short way". A short way is the date on which all of the actual time, good time, andRead More