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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 anyRead More


Parole Interviews in Texas

As we have mentioned in a previous post, the parole system in Texas is not like other states and definitely not like they show in the movies. In Texas there is no opportunity for an offender to meet with the voting members of the parole board.  They usually don't have a chance to even talk to the people who actually vote on their release. The only contact the prisoner or their loved ones will have with the voting members of the Texas Board of Parole will be through any writtenRead More


When To Complete A Texas Parole Packet?

People ask us "When is the time to start preparing a Texas parole packet?" Most of you know that a parole packet or a parole presentation package is a collection of documents and pictures sent to the Texas parole board to help them get to know the potential parolee a little better. This is particularly important in Texas since there is not an interview nor does the offender ever meet with an actual member of the parole board who will be voting. Our answer as to when to start isRead More


A Proper Parole Packet is Important

  A lot of people make no effort, other than getting a support letter or two, to prepare a parole packet for their loved one who is sitting in a Texas prison waiting on the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole to allow them to come home. They think that if they can't afford a Texas parole lawyer then they can't do anything to help, but that just isn't true. Now is a great time to be putting forth the best effort possible to help someone make parole. Texas isRead More


Prepare Texas Parole Packets and Texas Parole Applications Now!

Most of you have heard of the recent shooting of the Kaufman County DA here in Texas and the shooting of the Colorado Prison Chief, likely by the same person. That person, Evan Ebel, was on parole when these murders were committed. Since this is a year that the Legislature is meeting in Austin you may see them increase the budget of the prison system and make it more difficult for prisoners to be paroled. That is a great reason for submitting parole packets early and doing them well, particularlyRead More