The Role of the Institutional Parole Officer In The Parole Process
The Institutional Parole Officer is often times the only official person an inmate will talk to regarding their parole plans.
The Institutional Parole Officer is an employee of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles but does not have a vote in the parole process. The role of the IPO is to interview the inmate and create a case summary based on the questions and responses during the interview which the voting members of the parole board will read before rendering a vote. Since the inmate never meets with any of the voting members, this is sometimes the only information the voting members will have if a parole package is not completed. The only contact the prisoner or their loved ones will have with the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole is through any written documentation, such as a Texas Parole Packet.
There are approximately 200 Institutional Parole Officers in Texas who interview inmates at over 100 TDCJ units and 254 county jails across the state. Most of their time is spent preparing detailed case summaries about the offender. With over 150,000 inmates that means the IPOs do not have much time for interviews or to write a comprehensive case summary.
Because of that, a Texas Parole Presentation Package is extremely important and will provide the voting members of the board additional information not in the inmate’s case summary.
That is why a parole package is important in parole consideration process. A parole package has to be more than just a letter pleading for the release of a loved one, it needs to contain information that shows that the prisoner is a person and not just a mug shot and a number.
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