When Texas judges impose multiple sentences after conviction for multiple crimes they often have a choice on whether the sentences all run at the same time, known as concurrent, or whether the sentences are to run one after another, known as consecutive or stacked. How the judge orders the sentences to be served as well as which sentence is imposed first can make a dramatic difference in how long a prisoner has to wait to be eligible for parole.
Understand the difference between probation and parole. Both are an alternative to prison. Probation occurs prior to prison while parole is early release from prison.
Thanks to the generous donations of our readers, 74 Texas inmates were able to graduate in traditional caps and gowns.
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The one thing that prisoners have is plenty of time and not enough to do to fill it. In addition, the holiday season is particularly hard since it really drives home the fact they are missing from their loved ones.
Now that Turkey Day is over, everyone is now busy 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 is just another endless stretch of sad days for most of the prisoners, missing their family and trying to find a way to prevent boredom until they are released.
A Food Services Manager at the Wallace Pack Unit resigned after allegedly allowing an inmate access to pornographic images on a computer.
The Harris County Jail is trying a new approach in combating mental health issues after two recent inmate suicides. The Harris County Jail has partnered with The Harris Center, a mental health authority, to provide inmates with free access to a suicide hotline.
A Texas Corrections Officer in Huntsville has been arrested for the death of an inmate after the inmate spit on him.
The Texas Board of Criminal Justice approved a decrease to the cost of calls for inmates from .26 cents to .06 cents per minute effective September 1, 2018.
A Texas prison guard has resigned after a woman visiting an inmate at the Glen Ray Goodman prison in Jasper, Texas was sexually assaulted.
The State of Texas spent $7 million to defend their stance in a lawsuit to not install air conditioning in the Wallace Pack Unit.
Citing potential savings, the need to monitor TDCJ staff, and inmate rights, advocacy groups call for an independent oversight of the state’s prisons system.
Three Texas prison officials have been arrested and charged with attempting to destroy evidence at the Eastham Unit.
TDCJ reported that two inmates and two prison guards were treated for heat-related illnesses this week during the Texas heat wave.
By 2020, TDCJ will eliminate all bachelor’s degree programs for female inmates. Male inmates can still participate in bachelor’s and master’s programs along with 21 different job certifications.
Female guards have to contend with harassment and abuse from co-workers every day. Reports of lewd comments, inappropriate contact, masturbating, and fear of retaliation all stem from their male coworkers, not from the inmates.
Four former Texas prison guards were indicted on charges of tampering with governmental records and official oppression in connection with the planting of a screwdriver in an inmate’s cell.
Father’s Day should be a day to celebrate the love and sacrifice many fathers make for their family. However, there are some fathers spend who cannot celebrate. They are spending father’s day in prison.
Texas officials dismissed over 500 inmate disciplinary cases after the discovery of an illegal quota implemented at several TDCJ prisons.