One of the most frequently asked questions is "Should I get parole support letters to send to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles"?
The answer is unquestionably yes.
Parole Support Letters
Parole support letters are letters written by friends, coworkers and relatives which tells the parole panel that an offender has a support system in place upon release.
The support letters are placed in an offender's case file and are available to the parole panel during the parole review process.
However, the letters alone probably won't be the difference between someone being granted parole in Texas and it being denied.
What to Include in a Parole Support Letter
Parole support letters should include information on what the offender plans to do upon release. This can include information on where they will be living, what kind of support system they have in place, treatment programs, and anything the person writing the letter knows about the inmate that makes them more human to the parole board member. Make sure to include information in the support letter that makes the inmate stand out from all the rest.
With parole support letters in Texas it is better to have quality, rather than quantity. Content matters more than there being a lot of them. You want to make sure that if the parole board pulls one letter out of the pack to read, that it has good information.
Texas Parole Packet
Our e-book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, available here as a digital download and here as a digital download and a printed copy which can be mailed to you or to your loved one in prison, gives you several tips and examples on how to make the parole support letters and parole packet as complete as possible to increase the chances of parole.
Realistically, we know from the number of paroles reviewed each year and from the number of people on the parole boards, that each parole application and packet gets only a few minutes of attention. Knowing this to be a mathematical fact, it is important to put the best information you can in the parole packet, including the parole support letters.