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Inmate Dies After Altercation at Allred Unit

James V. Allred Unit in Wichita County

35-year-old man pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. at Allred Unit with injuries consistent with a physical altercation.


What 2019 Holds for Texas Parole Now

2019 will be a great year. We anticipate the release of two new books and a 2019 update on How To Prepare a Texas Parole Packet.


Prison Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Planting Screwdriver But Will Not Face Jail Time

Prison Official Plants Screwdriver in Inmate's Cell

Former Texas prison official pleads guilty to third-degree felony tampering charge for planting screwdrivers in an inmate’s cell, receives no jail time.


Texas Inmate Denied Medical Treatment for Flesh-Eating Bacteria Files Lawsuit

Micrograph of Flesh Eating Bacteria

A Texas inmate denied adequate medical treatment for a deadly flesh-eating bacteria has filed a lawsuit against TDCJ.


Merry Christmas …and Don’t Forget Those Inside!

We want to wish our readers a Happy Holiday season and to thank you for taking the time to read our articles and buy our books.


Texas Prison Guard Charged With Death Of Inmate

A Texas Corrections Officer in Huntsville has been arrested for the death of an inmate after the inmate spit on him.


3 Texas Prison Officials Charge with Destroying Evidence at Eastham Unit

Three Texas prison officials have been arrested and charged with attempting to destroy evidence at the Eastham Unit.


Texas Prisons Eliminate Solitary Confinement as Punishment

Texas correctional officials eliminated the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for prison rule-breakers.


Texas Inmates Return to Jester III and Vance Units

Nearly 1,400 inmates that were evacuated due to rising flood water from Hurricane Harvey were returned to Jester III and Vance units in Richmond, Texas


Visitation Restrictions Labor Day Weekend

Texas inmate visitation restrictions for Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Labor Day weekend due to flooding from hurricane Harvey.


Temperatures Are Rising in Texas Prisons

Summer is almost here and that means temperatures in the units are climbing so now is the time to prepare a Texas parole packet.


Medical and Dental Visits While in Prison

All TDCJ inmates have the right to at least some medical and dental care while in a TDCJ prison.


What are the TDCJ Custody Levels Assigned to an Offender?

All offenders are assigned a custody level upon entering TDCJ.  Custody levels determine where an offender can be housed and amount of freedom.


How to Find Texas Parole Status Information

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


Cell Phones in Prison and How They Can Affect Parole

Cell Phones in Prison The prison systems are now taking the position that the #1 problem in the facilities are contraband cell phones. To support their case they are arguing the cell phones create a "danger" of escape, being used to arrange illegal activity, etc. Why Is It a Big Deal? The prisons and legislators point to a case where a contract killer was allegedly hired by a prisoner via cell phone to kill someone. However, the real reason that they are being pursued so heavily is that it is an additional wayRead More


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


Getting Your GED While Incarcerated

Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter TDCJ they are tested to determine their academic level.  Inmates are then placed in educational program based on their Individualized Treatment Plan, which outlines education services for the offender.    Inmates are taught the skills needed to prepare for the GED test.  Classes are typically three hours a day andRead More


Christmas and Holidays in a Texas Prison

Turkey Day is followed immediately by an onset of shopping with the retailers playing Christmas music, decorating their stores, and doing everything possible to get you into the holiday spirit but inside the prisons it's just another endless stretch of sad days for most of the prisoners, missing their family and trying to find a way to kill time and prevent boredom until they are released.  To make it even more boring, school and the other classes are usually canceled for an extended period. While some of the offenders don't likeRead More


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


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 two prisons to close. Legislators agreed to cut $97 million from the criminal just budget under new wording in the budget, which requires two facilities to be closed.  Although the bill does not specifically name the Dawson State Jail in Dallas and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility, the $97Read More