When to File a Parole Packet
One of the questions I keep seeing pop up on the various forums around the internet is when to file the parole packet, parole support letters, and other items to be sent to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole in an attempt to get your loved one released form the Texas Department of Corrections on Parole. While we discuss this in more detail in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, I wanted to take a few minutes here to give you our reasoning.
It is our belief that the preparation of the parole packet should be started as soon as possible. Gather support letters, start putting together pictures, and all of the other things we suggest in How to Prepare a Texas Parole Presentation Package, as far out as a year before the actual parole vote date. There are some who believe that parole support letters should be sent periodically, and we don't disagree with that, since regular activity shows concern on the inmate's behalf. However it is our position that the actual, complete package should be sent to the main office and the voting office (both) no more than 90 days before the actual vote and no less than 45 days before the vote. This allows plenty of time for the material to be placed in the file and evaluated by whoever is preparing the report as well as the voting members and also allows the packet to be featured in a prominent place in the file.
Even though the packet is sent in 90 days before the vote, preparation must start well before that time. Accumulating the materials and putting them in a the proper format takes a while and this is a project that shouldn't be rushed.