Why Parole May Be Denied

If an offender is denied parole, the offender is given either a Serve-All (SA) or a Next Review (NR) date.

Next Review (NR) date vote means that the parole panel has decided the offender is not ready for parole but that a subsequent review should be conducted at a specified future date within one to five years for offenders serving a sentence listed in §508.149(a) (typically felony offenses), Government Code, and one year for an offender not serving a sentence under §508.149(a) Government Code.

A Serve-All vote means that the offender is not considered ready for parole and that no future parole reviews will be scheduled. A Serve-All is only be given to offenders who have less than five years remaining until their discharge or scheduled release to mandatory supervision if serving a sentence listed in §508.149(a), Government Code and one year for offenders not serving sentences listed in §508.149(a), Government Code.

One or more of the below sections may apply, but only one is required for approval for a denial.

  • Significant criminal history
  • Nature of offense
  • Drug or alcohol involvement

  • Not adjusting well to the

  • Not Adjustment during periods of supervision

  • Not participating in TDCJ-CID proposed or specialized programs

  • Not enough time served

  • Previous felony offense

  • Other

In our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, available as an ebook or as a bundle which includes the ebook and a printed copy (which can be mailed into the prison so the prisoner can assist in the preparation of the packet) we explain how the system works, the strategy we believe is effective in getting a positive parole vote, and exactly how to prepare a parole packet. The book includes forms, examples, as well as the latest statistics and addresses. We also include a copy of the pertinent laws, statutes, and rules for easy reference.

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