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Parole Review Process?

The Parole Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice identifies offenders six months prior to their initial parole eligibility, and four months prior to subsequent review dates, and directs the case file to be pulled for review.

Notice is sent to trial officials, victims, victims' family members.

An Institutional Parole Officer (IPO) of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles interviews the offender and prepares a parole case summary for the Board

The offender's file is sent to the designated board office for review and vote by a Parole Panel.

  • A panel consists of three voting members and a majority of two votes is needed for a final decision.
  • Voting is sequential, with one panel member recording their vote and passing it to the next panel member.
  • If the first two votes are the same, the vote is final.
  • If the first two votes differ, the third panel member reviews the case and breaks the tie. 
  • An interview with the offender is at the discretion of the Parole Panel member, as are interviews with individuals in support or protest of an offender’s release to parole.
  • Parole Panel members must grant an interview to victims, as defined by statute, upon request.

    Updated 01/16/2013

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