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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.   The new offender manual creates a prohibition on inmates "maintaining active social media accounts for the purposes of soliciting, updating, or engaging others, through a third party or otherwise."   Offenders who violate the new policy will be charged with a level three disciplinary violation which can result inRead More


Our Free Book on Texas Parole

While the book we sell, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is the bestselling one on Amazon and our website, this article is just to remind people we also have a free one available as well. Understanding the Texas Parole Process is a book written by our expert to assist people in understanding how the Texas parole system works. While it doesn't address the specifics of preparing a parole packet, it does provide a lot of information on the factors that go into getting a parole approved as wellRead More


Parole Guidelines Score – What It Is and Why It Is Important

We were amazed to see not only were many of the newly available parole packet preparation services doing such a lousy job but some were not even addressing the Parole Guidelines Score or were using old numbers which resulted in an incorrect score. Since many of them actually bought our book and set up their service using the method established by us, this is particularly troubling. This is such an important part of a Texas Parole Packet that we wanted to provide just a little information on it via ourRead More


The Difference Between Our Free Parole Book and Our Paid One

Just a quick note to point out the difference between our two parole books, Understanding the Texas Parole Process and How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, other than the price. Understanding the Texas Parole Process Understanding the Texas Parole Process is a free ebook (available only in PDF format), absolutely no cost. It is a relatively short book and is written to explain how the parole system works in Texas. We chose to write this book and make it available because we discovered many people believe the parole systemRead More


2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet Now Available

Just this brief announcement to let our readers know that the 2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet ebook and bundle (containing both the ebook and a printed book) are available now in our store and on Amazon. If you have ordered the book in the last month or so you received the latest edition automatically but we will be sending emails out with links to those of you who have purchased lately and allowing you to download the latest edition at no extra charge. The newRead More


What Happens at the Parole Eligibility Date?

What happens on an inmate’s parole eligibility date?  Basically nothing.  The parole eligibility dates is not the date the parole board will decide whether or not to grant parole, it means the inmate can be released at any time after that date.   Every inmate, except those serving life without parole or sentenced to death, is issued a parole eligibility date upon arrival and/or after their last parole denial.  This date can be revised by Texas Department of Criminal Justice depending upon the amount of “good time” earned or lostRead More


Writing a Texas Parole Packet

Writing a Texas parole packet can be overwhelming since it is something we do not do all the time.  However, with a little planning you can create a successful parole package for your loved one. Last year the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported that 96,326 inmates were considered for parole and only 28,011 were approved.  That is a denial rate of 70.6%  with some board members denying up to 73.5% of parole requests.  Of the 28,011 approved paroles only 10,409 were allowed to be release when eligible, the others wereRead More


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 offender. Obtaining the necessary documents to compile a good parole package can takes several months. A parole package provides information such as inmates background, education, accomplishments, risk assessment, post-parole plans, and continued rehabilitative programs upon release.  The parole packet offers a picture of the potential parolee showing them as aRead More


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 necessary for an inmate to make parole.  The voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole do not require anyone to do anything.  However the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive hundreds of files each month for review for parole and mandatory supervision.  A paroleRead More


Writing to Inmates

Don't be afraid to write a friend or loved one while they are in prison.  Writing a letter is a small and easy thing to do for those on the outside but receiving letters while incarcerated makes a huge difference in their day.  Letters received while in prison makes them feel loved, and allows them to still be part of the family. Once you send the first letter, each one that follows will be easier to write. However, not only is it important to write the letter but also toRead More