While Texas does not have one of the best criminal justice systems in the country, at least in the belief of most Texas parole lawyers, the grievance process itself is actually reasonable. However, preparing the proper forms and meeting the filing deadlines will often result in reasonable resolutions to minor problems.
The cost for medical care for Texas inmates is changing beginning September 1, 2019.
When Texas judges impose multiple sentences after conviction for multiple crimes they often have a choice on whether the sentences all run at the same time, known as concurrent, or whether the sentences are to run one after another, known as consecutive or stacked. How the judge orders the sentences to be served as well as which sentence is imposed first can make a dramatic difference in how long a prisoner has to wait to be eligible for parole.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is preparing for a $250 million budget cut for the 2018-2019 budget. The agency has declined where the savings will occur but closing prisons and releasing more nonviolent offenders is not out of the question. In June, Governor Greg Abbot instructed state agencies to submit budget plans reflecting a 4 percent reduction for 2017 budget negotiations. Texas Department of Criminal Justice has an annual operating budget of more than $3 billion with the bulk of that expense going to approximately 40,000 employees. TDCJRead More
Former director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Stacia Hylton, has joined the board of directors of Corrections Corporation of America. Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, is the largest for-profit prison corporation in the country. Ms. Hyltons' appointment comes on the heal of a CCA report from an August 3 earning that stock prices plummeted which could cause CCA to lose a lucrative South Texas contract. Losing the contract would put a major dent in CCA's revenue. According to the most recent annual filing with the Securities and ExchangeRead More