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Institutional Parole Officer 

Institutional Parole Officers are physically assigned to TDCJ units and are employed by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. They interview incarcerated offenders at TDCJ Units, federal correctional institutions, contracted facilities, and county jails statewide to prepare Parole Case Summaries. The entry-level position in the Parole Office career path is an Institutional Parole Officer I. After 12 consecutive months of satisfactory service, the Institutional Parole Officer I shall receive an annual salary adjustment to the next higher pay level within the same salary group. After 24 consecutive months of satisfactory service the employee shall promote to Parole Officer II.

Employment Opportunities

Vacancies for entry-level Institutional Parole Officer positions are posted. To view current vacancies, select the TDCJ Job Search link from the left navigational menu. To apply for a posted position, applicants must submit the State of Texas Application for Employment, TDCJ Employment Application Supplement and required documents. Application forms may be obtained by selecting Download Application.

What does an Institutional Parole Officer do?

Institutional Parole Officers (IPOs) complete interviews and case summaries of all offenders in TDCJ-CID who are eligible for review. They also provide information to offenders on voting panel decisions and the reasons for approval or denial.

Approximately 200 Institutional Parole Officers interview offenders at various facilities throughout the state. IPOs are organized into four areas, with regional offices in the following cities.

  • Angleton
    Phone: (979) 849-6491

  • Palestine
    Phone: (903) 729-3698

  • Huntsville
    Phone: (936) 437-5548

  • Gatesville
    Phone: (254) 865-2720

Institutional Parole Officers interview offenders at more than 100 TDCJ units and 254 county jails across the state. Much of their time is spent preparing detailed offender case summaries. A case summary contains details about an offender’s criminal, social, psychological, and institutional adjustment history. The case summary is completed after an in depth interview between a Parole Officer and an offender. Officers perform a number of other duties such as:

  • verifying offender related information

  • processing status letters that inform offenders whether or not they were approved for parole

  • answering offenders’ written and verbal questions

  • contacting offenders for acceptable residential plans

  • conducting parole orientations for new offenders

  • responding to inquiries from the public and

  • providing District Parole Officers with offender information.

Other Benefits

  • Work related training seminars and conferences and extensive training regarding the criminal justice system and laws governing TDCJ.

  • Hazardous duty pay based on years of service.

  • Annual salary adjustments and career path advancement based upon satisfactory months of consecutive service and job performance.

View Parole Officer Salary schedule and Eligibility Criteria.


Page updated: 10/20/2017