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 system in Texas works like it does in the movies, with a parole hearing where the potential parolee appears in front of the voting member of the parole board and gets to present the reasons why they should be released on parole. This misunderstanding of how the system really works was causing several problems for the offenders and their family/friends:
- It made the people helping the offender prepare for the parole subject to false claims by unscrupulous individuals, including some attorneys, who charged extra money by convincing the family they would appear with the potential parolee and present their case for them;
- People were either not doing a parole packet or were doing a very simple one because they believed the parole hearing would be the chance to present their information; and
- The parolee and family often had false hopes on the timing and notifications that would be involved which caused additional stress and, often, acting out on the part of the offender thus getting them a write up and actually reducing their chances of parole.
So we wrote the book and explained how the system really worked. We chose not to charge for this and just do it as a service for our readers, many of whom were already facing financial difficulties due to having a family member who was also a source of income locked up.
The book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is a book we sell, either in digital format as a download or as a “bundle” which includes the digital download and a paper copy which can be sent to the buyer or sent to the person in prison. As a publisher we are allowed to send the books directly into the prison system and a part of the check out procedure on the website allows the buyer to designate the name, unit, and TDC number of an inmate if they want the book sent to them.
How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, along with the ads on this website, is the only source of revenue that allows the website to keep running. We update the book any time there are changes in the parole system including changes to the voting members, in the selection criteria, or most importantly, changes in the factors which contribute to the Parole Guidelines Score. For those of you who don’t know, the Parole Guidelines Score is a method the Parole Board uses to determine the likelihood that a person will be able to complete parole without being sent back to prison and is believed, of course, to have a dramatic effect on the chances of being granted parole. It is also very difficult to calculate and even more difficult to present effectively in the application for parole.
While the book on preparing the parole packet is not cheap, it is substantially cheaper than hiring someone else to prepare the parole packet and is filled with information, forms, and examples which have proven to be effective. Keeping the book updated, staying informed of all of the different matters involving the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and relaying that information to our readers takes a lot of time and effort and the price of the book takes all of this into account.
Anytime you order either of these books they are always the most up to date version available. When we make changes we always offer a free copy of the updated digital version to anyone who has purchased the book in the last six months.
Who needs these books?
Everyone who is involved in the life of an incarcerated individual and who may be able to apply for parole one day should take the time to download and read the free book, Understanding the Texas Parole Process.
If you are hiring a Texas parole attorney then there is really no need to invest the money in the book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet unless you are just wanting to keep an eye on what the attorney does and make sure they are doing their job. As we’ve mentioned in other posts, the only person you should be paying to do a Texas parole packet is a licensed Texas parole lawyer.
If you are unable to afford a lawyer, and many people are unable, then we think our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet is the next best choice. Many of the “services” now trying to get people to hire them through internet ads, Craigslist ads, or direct mail actually have bought copies of our book and are using the same system we developed except they are charging 5 to 8 times the price of the book and not putting the time and attention into doing it correctly that a loved one would do.
So, that sums up the two books we offer at this time and we’re sure they will help anyone facing parole and make it much easier on anyone trying to put together a parole packet “on the outside” while the prisoner is doing everything they can do “on the inside” to increase their chances.