The Single Most Important Factor in Being Granted Parole in Texas
One of the more common questions we get is "What is the most important factor in making parole?".
This can be answered in two ways, the first is that you must prepare a good parole packet. There are many reasons for this, which we discuss in great detail in our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, available in both eBook format as well as a bundle including the eBook and a printed copy which can be mailed to the reader or to the incarcerated person seeking parole.
However, there is something that can be done starting the first day a person enters the prison system that will do more than anything else to increase their chance of parole.
Stay out of trouble!
The good time credit in the Texas parole system allow a person to get a year's credit when they actually only serve 90 days or so. This means that on a two year sentence most people will be released between six to ten months, depending on a variety of other factors.
However, any "write ups" or "strikes" that are received whether they be for not following the dress code, fighting, or general insubordination can result in a loss of a part or all of the good time credit that has been accumulated.
Unfortunately, many prison guards are bullies who take the job because it pays relatively well, doesn't require a great deal of education, and plays to their egos. While other guards are top notch, the bullies will write someone up for the most minor of infractions, true or not, because they know that can easily cause the offender to do additional time.
It is in situations like this that the offender needs to swallow thir pride, take whatever BS the prison guard chooses to distribute, and go on their way, counting down the days to their release.
The Effect of Concurrent and Consecutive Sentences on Texas Paroles
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.
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