Something that we believe is a significant contributor to the denial of many paroles is when the "victim" is contacted and indicates that they object to the granting of parole.
It appears, although no specific numbers are available, that if an objection is lodged then at least the first parole application will be denied. Most Texas parole lawyers agree with this concept, but it is an area over which they have little or no control.
When putting together the Texas parole packet, as described in our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, if a family member is comfortable doing so then a very powerful piece of evidence to support the parole would be a letter from the victim indicating that, at least, they don't object to the granting of parole although it would be even better if they could say they agree that parole should be granted.
The "setting up" of this letter can start as early as in the punishment or plea bargain process by the offender expressing remorse for what they did.
If restitution has been ordered then the offender or their family should reach out and at least attempt to begin repayment. The family can also indicate how sorry they are that this occurred, but they should be sure and resist the urge to excuse or explain away the behavior. Likewise, asking for forgiveness on the part of the relative can be beneficial.
If there is no appeal pending and no court order preventing contact with the victim, the offender themself can reach out to the victim by writing a letter of apology early after imprisonment.
However, if the offender does not apologize early, then an apology right before the parole process starts is unlikely to be taken as sincere.
Of course, any person communicating with the victim should use the utmost discretion in doing so. The victim shouldn't feel pressured or intimidated.
More tips, forms, and examples on preparing a Texas parole packet can be found in our instantly downloadable e-book.