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What is the Parole Guidelines Score?

You will find answers to many of your questions in our books Understanding the Texas Parole Process and How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet.

The Parole Guidelines Score is a risk assessment assigned to every offender who is up for parole consideration.

There are two components to the guidelines: Risk Assessment and Offense Severity. 

The Risk Assessment is assigned a value based on:

  • Age at first commitment to a juvenile or adult correctional facility;
  • History of supervisory release revocations for felony offenses;
  • Prior incarcerations;
  • Employment history;
  • Commitment offense;
  • Current age;
  • Whether the offender is a confirmed security threat group (gang) member;
  • Educational, vocational, and certified on-the-job training programs completed during the present incarceration;
  • Prison disciplinary conduct;
  • Current prison custody level.

There are separate risk scales for male and female offenders.

The Offense Severity value is assigned a value for low, moderate, high, and highest risk level.

The two components are then merged into a matrix that creates the offender’s Parole Guidelines Score.

Parole Guidelines Scores range from one, for an offender with the poorest probability for success outside of prison, to seven, for an offender with the greatest probability for successfully discharging their sentence on parole without returning to prison.

It is important to understand the Parole Guidelines Score is used only as a guide for the voting members of the parole board and is not a guarantee of parole.

Our book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, contains step-by-step instructions for calculating an offender’s Parole Guidelines Score.

How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet is available in ebook format as an instant download or in bundled form with an ebook and a printed book to be sent to an offender in prison or someone at home. Since we are an approved vendor there are no issues receiving our books at any of the Texas jails or prisons.

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