Parole in Texas is rather unique. If a family member or loved one has been placed in prison in the state of Texas you should forget about everything you have seen on television. In Texas the parole board members very seldom interview an inmate personally, the inmate is never brought before the parole board to meet and answer questions put to him by the parole board members. A parole package (an evidentiary presentation) is submitted to the parole board, the parole board member reviews this information along with the negative information contained in the inmate’s file, the parole board members will listen to an attorney presentation and summation of the evidence and then based upon this information will then decide whether to grant parole to an individual or keep the individual in prison. That is why the parole package is so important, it has to be more that a letter pleading for the release of the individual and a few support letters and maybe a letter of employment.  In Texas inmates go into review six months before their parole eligibility date. The parole eligibility date is not the date the parole board will meet and decide whether to grant parole or keep the individual in prison. The parole eligibility date means exactly what it says, it means the individual can be released any time after that date. The parole board will actually decide whether an inmate will be released sometime before the parole eligibility date. All information must be submitted to the parole board well in advance of the parole eligibility date, if the information is not submitted in a timely manner the parole board will not review the information submitted.


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