Anyone looking at the terminology used by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole needs to understand that the terms don’t always mean what they appear to mean. We will discuss this more in future posts.
When an inmate is eligible for parole in Texas, the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole have many options on how they can vote. Two of the choices, if the voting members vote to deny parole for an offender, are that the offender will be assigned either a a “serve all”, which means the offender will serve at least three additional years, or a “set off” date.
When a case is assigned a set off date it means the offender was denied parole and the case will be assigned a date in the future which the parole board will again reevaluate the case for possible parole. This date is the set-off date.
The set-off date received by the majority of offenders whose parole is denied is set within one year. However, the voting members of the Texas Parole Board can designate the set-off date for up to five years, although a set off of that long is unusual. If an offender receives a five year set off they will not be reviewed for parole for five more years.
This is why it is important to begin work on a Texas parole packet early, so that the first shot at parole is an effective one. Our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, contains a system designed to provide an offenders a better chance of receiving a favorable parole vote. By using the easy to understand methods, forms and examples set forth in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, the voting members of the Texas Parole Board will have a better understanding of who you are and how you have changed for the better, increasing the odds of being approved for parole.