DISCLOSURE: The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. Wife and Inmate Connection and it's parent company do not practice law in any state. The information provided is to be used at your own will and discretion with or without the advice of your own legal counsel. Please note, we do not legally represent any inmate for their parole hearing. If you choose to utilize our services it will be for informational and preparation services only.
Our mission is to provide you and your inmate with several pieces of knowledge and options, including the services we provide. It is our intent not to simply provide services, but to provide extensive material in which the incarcerated and their families can make the best decisions for themselves. We maintain integrity in the work we do. Our expertise is in Texas parole, however on occasion and by request we have worked with families in other states in the US. Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding parole. If you have any further questions please email us. A link is provided below to the right hand side.
What is parole?
Parole is an opportunity for an inmate to be released from prison with condition; and the ability to complete the rest of their sentence at home under a form of supervision from a parole officer.
When is my inmate eligible for parole?
Being eligible for parole varies. Dependent upon the nature of the crime, some inmates are eligible for parole after 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 of their time has been served behind prison doors. They may be eligible for good time and short way which makes their parole eligibility date come sooner. In other cases a judge may have ordered completion of some form of special mental health or substance abuse treatment as part of their sentence and may be required to be treated under those conditions before parole release.
What is a parole packet?
A parole packet is a compilation of documents that support release for an incarcerated individual. The documents contained within a parole packet should support release for your loved one. Dependent upon the circumstances of the incarcerated individual, parole packets will vary in information. If an incarcerated individual has been reviewed for parole more than once, some information may need to be changed and updated for their next parole review.
What does a parole packet do for my inmate?
A parole packet works to support release for an incarcerated individual. It is created to show responsible decisions and goals of the incarcerated individual. Parole packets include extensive information about what an incarcerated individual plans to do upon release. It should contain goal setting and themed or consistent information within it's contents. It should also contain positive information about the individual while they have been incarcerated. This information allows the incarcerated individual to metaphorically speak to the TX-BPP. The individual is able to suggest their reasoning as to why they deserve to be released on parole.
Do I need a parole packet?
Optional - By law it is not required to provide a parole packet to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. However, showing support for the individual to be released can be rewarding and benefit the individual who is eligible for parole.
Do I need an attorney?
Optional - The individual who goes before the TX-BPP, may seek legal counsel if they feel it is conducive to being released. Some families choose to hire a parole attorney. In many cases, it has been our experience that the attorney offers legal counsel before, during, and/or after the parole process. This is to ensure the inmate’s rights are not violated as well as to ensure that your inmate’s parole decision is decided upon according to the laws of Texas. This does not affect the parole decision process made by the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles (TX- BPP). Some attorney’s fees start at about $2,000 on average and run up to about $10,000 dependent upon the inmate’s case. These attorneys may or may not advise you in depth on how to prepare a parole packet; and can often times offer little or extensive guidance in the packet building process. If you plan to hire an attorney we strongly encourage you to make this your first step.
Do I need a parole packet and an attorney?
Optional - Having both an attorney and a parole packet may or may not be beneficial. It is dependent upon the circumstances of the incarcerated individual. There are attorneys who do great work and there are parole packets that are prepared with perfection, but individuals have been declined parole based on other factors relative to their case. Most individuals make a decision based on financial resources and will choose a combination of at least a parole packet, if not both a parole packet and attorney. Some attorneys will tell you to provide information to them to create a parole packet. However, most attorneys focus on the legal realms of the inmate's parole and often do not focus on additional information contained in a parole packet. Both the parole packet and the attorney have different roles in parole reviews, but in some cases can overlap in efficiency. It is up to you and/or the inmate to obtain as much information as possible in making this decision.
Who reviews my incarcerated individual for parole?
This information varies from state to state. Some state institutions handle parole internally and others utilize a secondary oversight system.
Men and women who are incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) are reviewed by:
How do I begin preparations for parole?
Will my inmate be released on their parole eligibility date?
Maybe - In most cases when an inmate has an eligible parole date, it simply means they have served the minimum required amount of time and are able to be reviewed for parole. In addition, if the parole board grants parole, they often place stipulations on release; meaning, the inmate has to complete requests made by the parole board. These requests are given after the parole review and can include, DNA testing, blood work, specific release training, and/or program attendance. However, if an inmate shows sufficient evidence and support for release the parole board does have the opportunity to release the inmate on their eligibility date.
Are there any instances why my inmate makes parole but is not released on his parole date?
Yes, in some instances if an inmate makes parole but is not released:
When will we know if the inmate has made parole?
Your inmate will receive written notice from the parole board. You may also call
Austin (512) 406-5864 or Huntsville 936-295-6371.
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How long does it take you to complete the packet?
Time frames vary. Our goal is to have your parole packet ready a minimum of 180 days prior to the parole review date. We begin working immediately on obtaining the pertinent information for the inmate's parole. Much of our work is dependent upon the information you, the inmate, and their support system provide. We require your cooperation to make this successful!