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Old 09-07-2006, 06:29 PM
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Texas Inmate Families Association

July 2002

Texas Administrative Code





RULE §145.2 Standard Parole Guidelines


(a) The parole decision-maker is vested with complete discretion in making parole decisions to
accomplish the mandatory duties found in Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 42.18.

(b) There are no mandatory rules or criteria upon which parole release decisions must be based.

The parole decision-maker has the complete discretion to investigate a candidate for parole.

(1) To assist the parole decision-maker in its investigation of a possible parole release, the board has adopted standard parole guidelines that are the basis, but not the exclusive criteria upon which parole decisions are made.

(2) The standard parole guidelines shall include:

(A) current offense or offenses;

(B) time served;

(C) the risk factors (consideration for public safety);

(D) institutional adjustment;

(E) the criminal history;

(F) official information supplied by trial officials including victim impact statements;

(G) information in support of parole.

(c) The adoption and use of the standard parole guidelines does not imply the creation of any

parole release formula, or a right or expectation by an inmate to parole based upon the

guidelines. A parole score and salient factor while utilized for research and reporting is not to

be construed so as to indicate the parole decision. The standard parole guidelines shall serve

as an aid in the parole decision process and the parole decision shall be at the discretion of the

parole decision-maker.

(d) The board is authorized to revise the standard parole guidelines as warranted.
Source Note: The provisions of this §145.2 adopted to be effective May 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 2861

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Board of Pardons and Paroles

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Austin, TX 78758

Voting Regional Board Office Address


Abilene Board Office Gatesville Board Office Palestine Board Office

100 Chestnut, Suite 105 3408 S. State Hwy. 36 1111 West Lacy St.

Abilene, TX 79602 Gatesville, TX 76528 Palestine, TX 75801

FAX (915) 676-4921 FAX (254) 865-2629 FAX (903) 723-1441

Amarillo Board Office Huntsville Board Office

5809 S. Western, Suite 140 1300 11th ST, Suite 505

Amarillo, TX 79110 P.O. Box 599

FAX (806) 358-6455 Huntsville, TX 77342-0599

FAX (936) 291-8367

Angleton Board Office

1212 North Velasco, Ste 201 San Antonio Board Office

Angleton, TX 77515 420 S. Main

FAX (979) 849-8741 San Antonio, TX 78204

FAX (210) 226- 1114


I, (Your Name), am a family member of (Loved One’s Name) # (TDCJ Number). Enclosed please find information in support of his/her parole. I would like to speak to the lead voter of this case before a parole determination is made. Thank you for all of your efforts and attention to this matter.






CC: Board of Pardons and Paroles

Inmate name and number

Inmate Unit

Unit Address
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After doing part 1 from previouse post , you must do part 2 which is -Criminal imfo.

Doing it in order is very important- for it makes a whole packett


(Loved One’s Name) # (TDCJ Number) is serving a ____ year sentence for _____________________.

-Put Crime In Context
-Mitigating Factors
-Why Did It Happen?
-Why Will It Never Happen Again?
-Risk Factor Score
-My Five Minute Rule

RISK ITEM FACTORS SCALE ** this page is formatted crazy!!! please message me and i will send it to you if needed....

Inmate's Name: _______________________________ TDCJ-ID#__________________

Instructions: Circle the correct score for each item and compute the correct risk level designation using the instruction guide.

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Static Risk Factors Pts Dynamic Risk Factors Pts

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1. Age at First Commitment 6. Current Age

26 years old 0 45 and above 0

18 to 25 1 35 - 44 1

17 years or younger 2 25 - 34 2

Under 25 3

2. History of Revocations

No parole/probation revocations 0 7. Security Threat Group Membership

Had one revocation 1 No 0

Had more than one revocation 3 Yes 2

3. Other Incarcerations (Juv. & Adult) 8. Completed Educational/OJT/Vocational Program

None 0 Yes or GED/High School Degree 0

1 - 2 1 No 2

3 and above 2

Good time awarded 0 9. Disciplinary Conduct

Has been demoted in class below entry status or lost

good time in last 18 months 1

4. Employment History Demoted in class below entry status and lost good

Employed 6 months prior to prison 0 time in the last 18 months 2

None or less than 6 months 1 Zero Balance of Good time 3

5. Commitment Offense 10. Current Custody Level

All others 0 Minimum Out, Outside Trustee, 0

Auto Theft (UUMV, Burglary of a Level 1

Vehicle), Burglary or Forgery 1 Minimum In, Protective In, 1

Level II and Level III

Medium, Close, or Admin 2


Total Static Risk Score ________ Total Dynamic Risk Score ________


Total Risk Score: (add static risk and dynamic risk scores): _______Points

Overall Risk Level: (Check Correct Risk Level)

____Low Risk (0-5 pts) _____Moderate Risk (6-8 pts) _____High Risk (9-11 Pts) _____Highest Risk (12+ Pts)

Form Completed By: Date:_____/_____/_____/ .


(Loved one’s Name)’s Sentence Beginning Date is (Sentence Beginning Date). He/She has been incarcerated since ________.

This is (Loved one’s Name)’s first and only incarceration. OR (Loved one’s Name) served ___ months the first time he/she was incarcerated. He/She has served ___ years on this trip to prison.

This time served has allowed (Loved one’s Name) to mature, develop better life skills, and to develop better trade and work skills. I feel this maturity and skill development will allow (Loved one’s Name) to be a successful parolee.





Work Skills

Unit Job(s) - TDCJ-ID Confidence
On the Job Training (0JT)
Life Skills

Substance Abuse Issues
Other Programs

Correspondence Programs
Spiritual Programs
Place of Worship He/She will be attending
Letter from Pastor, Reverend, Priest, Rabbi or other Spiritual Leader
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Advice for interviews with parole personnel
Your evaluation statement is like our own personal support letter- HAVE LOVED ONE COMPLETE ONE TO BE INCLUDED INTO FINAL PACKETT YOU SEND TO BOARD....(DOWN PAST SUPPORT LETTERS


EMPLOYMENT:- Employment letters should focus on the type of work that will be done, whether it will be full time or part-time. They should be as detailed as possible. And they should be written on company letterhead (or at least staple a business card to the letter if at all possible. Important to any offer of employment is that the employer is aware of previous crimes and related problems. It is critical that the more information that is placed in this direction in the letter the better. The importance of this information being provided by the actual potential employer is that it allows you to show the Board that you are very up-front with all the persons in the plan. It also shows that they are fully aware of what they are getting into. Hours, the employer’s ability to allow the employee to serve parole, and the possibility of future advancement are all worthwhile topics that the letter may address. Obviously, not in all cases can you find an employment letter that is this detailed. This may not be available in your case. However, you should pursue employment to whatever extent is possible. As part of that pursuit, if all you can get are letters indicating that the loved one in prison is free to make an application to a given employer, then that is what you will accept. However, I mention this detailed letter to give you a goal for you to strive for in your efforts.

LIVING ARRANGMENTS- You should indicate in your letters who will be providing living arrangements, and the type of arrangements involved. Is this the prior address where the prisoner lived? Is the address in the same county where the crime occurred? If it is the same address as before, try to show why the prior crimes that occurred there won’t happen again (greater family awareness, disassociation with people and activities with whom the client was previously involved, ect.). Whether a rent will be involved, if there is a limited duration that is available and what are the circumstances of his living arrangement, as well as other persons in the house and any conditions they may have.

MEANS of transportation
- This is a smaller issue and should simply state if a car is available. This should be indicated in a letter. If that car is your car and is being made available then you should indicate whether it can be used for all purposes, or just for going to and from work only.

MORAL support - Moral support, speaks for itself to some extent, but you want to be as detailed as possible. Letters that say "He made a mistake and he has learned his lesson" are not nearly as effective as a letter with a few examples of how the prisoner use to act before and a few examples of how he acts now and a conclusion that he will not make the same mistakes in the future. Note how often you visit the unit, for how long you have been visiting the unit and how far is the drive for you to his unit. Indicate how often you exchange letters and for how long have you been exchanging letters. Giving the Parole Board examples and information to work from so they can draw their own conclusions (and agree with your conclusion) are much more effective letters than requesting them to accept your conclusions in blind faith.

****The most important part to any support case is to be accurate, detailed and say genuinely what you feel. Try to support all of your statements with examples, facts, or other proof. If you have any questions while you are writing this letter, please feel free to contact me at my TDCJ Parole Yahoo! Group <http://******************/group/TDCJ-Parole/>. I will be happy to get back to you and give you some insight from there. The above guidelines are meant to be a guide for you and drawing a first draft. Feel free to bring your drafts to the "You Do Not Need a Parole Attorney" lectures and workshops and I will be happy to make suggestions and to further discuss your actual letter.

**Support letters should be addressed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles**

RE: How To Write a Personal Evaluation Statement

Your evaluation statement is like our own personal support letter. It should be written to the Board of Pardon and Parole. Many prisoners are more open and in touch with their own thoughts and feelings when they write in their cubicle rather than when they are talking.

The following questions should be answered in your evaluation but they should not limit the information

covered in your statement. Feel free to cover other issues and let our thoughts flow.

1. Tell why you feel you have earned the privilege of parole.

2. Describe the difference between the person you were when you entered the system this trip and where you are at in your development at this time.

3. Tell what you plan to do the first day you get out. (The first week, the first month and the first year.)

With all three questions emphasize your attitudes, beliefs, interests, hobbies, character traits, goals, strengths, weaknesses, desires and ambitions in both your career and personal life.

RE: Advice for interviews with parole personnel

Whenever any person associated with parole interviews you, I encourage you to provide honest and accurate answers to his or her questions. Emphasize your commitment to your rehabilitation and your ability to live a fulfilling life consistent with any restrictions that the Board may require.

Do not complain about prison conditions or provide excuses for prior crimes. It is better to be remorseful about prior mistakes and focused on your future as a law-abiding parolee.

Do not say that you will not return to prison because prison is a tough place or that it has been hard to be away from friends or family. Instead, focus on your work skills and the things that you have been taught in your classes. Your institutional adjustment results from the life skills and work skills you learn more than the punishment you have experienced in prison.

When discussing your family and friends emphasize their stability and examples of their support and good character. How often do they visit? What community activities do they participate in? Are they involved in church or volunteer projects? Are they educated? Where do they work and for how long have they been working there? How long have they lived at their current parole address? How long have they been married?

I hope these suggestions help. There are no right or wrong answers and the most important rule is just to be honest. Sometimes these interviews are brief.


• Tie It All Together

• Combine Institutional Adjustment and Support Information

• Show The Voter How You Want Things To Be

• Show How Things Have Changed


Substance Abuse

Classes and Programs Taken on the Unit

SATP (Substance Abuse Treatment Programs)


AA/NA http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

No Prior In-Patient or Out-Patient Treatment for Drugs or Alcohol?

Support Members Have Attended AL-ANON/ ALATEEN?


Support Letter From Future Sponsor

Lack of Direction

Education and Trades Completed In Prison

Project RIO

FINDING HELP IN TEXAS http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/data/Findhelp.htm

Employment Letter

Letter From an Employment Agency

Argue Marketability of Job Skills

Structure and Stability over Prestige of Job


Good Disciplinary Record- No Gang Activity

Hobbies or Interests That Will Lead to Positive Associations

Place of Worship as Positive Social Environment


The Texas Legislature has required that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) identify offenders who should attend treatment programs that will most immediately impact post-release adjustment. These programs are identified as Rehabilitation Tier Programs. TDCJ has also established other programs that satisfy the Rehabilitation Parole Vote (PI-R), but are not designated as Rehabilitation Tier Programs. An Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) is established and maintained on all TDCJ-ID sentenced offenders. The ITP is stored on a Mainframe computer, which is used by all treatment staff and

TDCJ administrators to identify offender needs. The ITP also prioritize a placement into the Rehabilitation Tier Programs based on the pending targeted release month.


* indicates Rehabilitation Tier Program


In a unique partnership, TDCJ and Prison Fellowship Ministries have developed the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) Program that is designed to reduce recidivism. This program is a voluntary, 18-month, faith-based program located at the Vance Unit. This program uses Biblical principles to emphasize the importance of taking ownership for one’s life and for developing good decision-making skills and actions.


An 18-month program based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapy in a relapse-prevention framework. Therapists work with offenders to change errors in thinking. These errors have led them to negative outcomes such as sex offending and prison. Positive changes in thinking will lead to more positive behavior, The SOTP program is located at the Goree, Hightower, and Hilltop Units.


A nine-month intensive program for offenders identified as needing substance abuse treatment. The programs are located at the Hackberry and Henley Units for females and the Kyle Unit for males. Programming for the. IPTC consists of three phases: Orientation, Main Treatment, and Re-Entry. Orientation provides a comprehensive assessment and orientation to the therapeutic community. Main Treatment concentrates on education, skills training, offender lifestyle confrontation, family dynamics, and 12-step programs. Re-Entry focuses on the development of social skills, personal growth skills, and relapse prevention. After program completion, offenders are paroled to a community residential facility for three months, followed by outpatient treatment for 12 months.


A six-month intensive program for female offenders identified as needing substance abuse treatment. This program is structured the same as the above described IPTC program. The IPTC2 program is located at the Halbert Unit.


A six-month modified therapeutic community treatment program for offenders with serious substance abuse dependence and antisocial characteristics. Programming consists of five months of intensive structured treatment and one month of after-care treatment, which is all provided at the LeBlanc Unit.


A six-month modified therapeutic community treatment program located at the Beto Unit. It is designed to provide pre-release services to offenders who may have a combination of needs. The Programs and Services Division, Windham School District, and Parole Division work in accord to provide the following: Vocational training, educational classes, substance abuse treatment, life skills classes, cognitive intervention, employment training, and release planning.


A four to six-month program designed to prepare offenders for release. The primary program component is CHANGES (described below). Other program components are literacy, cognitive intervention, and vocational courses. This program is located at the Segovia Unit.


A three-month program entitled Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success (Changes). It offers a life skills curriculum to prepare offenders for release. The program content includes: family relationships and parenting, civic and legal responsibilities, victim sensitivity, health maintenance, employability, money management, and other related life skills. CHANGES is offered on most TDCJ facilities.


This program is offered through the Chaplaincy Department and offers a faith-based, nondenominational curriculum. The program is strictly voluntary and is normally three months in length. Program content is similar to CHANGES. Voyager is offered on most TDCJ facilities.


A six month intensive treatment program for violent and habitual youthful offenders who are between the ages of 14 through 18. Program components include: anger management, academics, cognitive restructuring, substance abuse treatment, and chaplaincy activities. The program is located at the Clemens Unit for males, and the Hilltop Unit for females.
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Parole Packet/Support-Another Example


I just wanted to share with you the format I used for my parole packet. I did keep it short and sweet but very informative and positive. My whole purpose was to show the board: 1. he has strong support from family and second I wanted to show he is a person not a number. I put it in a nice report folder that was slightly bigger than one of there files, I wanted it to stand out not get hidden under all the other paper in his file. I used dividers and sectioned each 5 areas. The following is the template I used to go by. I did start with a cover page with his name and TDCJ# I also added his picture to that page also (pick a good one that will stand out to them) The packet outline I used is this:

1) Support Letters (include photos)

2) Accomplishments since Incarceration (classes, certificates any thing he has done in TDCJ custody)

I also included a small paragraph of the changes he has made personally and

What TDCJ has done for him to help change (they need to know he won’t reoffend)

3) Implements planned for a successful parole (counseling/AA/church/house


this I listed things he planned on doing once release to keep from reoffending

and I also included a small paragraph explaining ‘his/our game plan’ then used

bullets to list key items like AA/Church and so on.

4) Home Plan~Residence (include photos)

I included all on one page a picture of our home, vehicles so forth along with a

Short description on his home residence (showing stability)

5) Employment upon release (letters here from prospective employers or standing

job offers)

on this note I don’t have a promised job for him so I included a resume for him.

Make it professional, but don't go overboard. Short/Sweet is usually best. I suggest limiting support letters to one page in length. I've heard rumor that support letters from law enforcement and clergy DO carry weight.

Keeping the info up to date, accurate and current is important. If you put info together now, and the review is not for another 6 months, is it fresh enough to depict what's actually happening with your loved one? If they are in a class that will complete by the time review happens, can you get a copy of the certification to include in the file, further strengthening the reasoning’s for release?

I believe all letters that show strong family and community support are very important along every step of the game. If you can get someone to promise him employment, do it. If you can get a church to say they will give him support, do so. If you will give him loving support, write and say so. We don't know which of our efforts will make a difference but it is better to give your best, then regret that you didn't or wonder, if you woulda coulda shoulda.

I hope this helps some of you who are looking at presenting a parole packet to the board. Doing this does not guarantee him\her parole.

If anyone needs help please pm me for any questions that you may have. I will be glad to look things over to help you and give you some pointers before sending your finished product.

I also want to give thanks to Trulykath. This was her example outline that she gave to me. She helped 'walk' me through and gave me confidance in completeing this.

Good Luck to all and let me know if you need help!

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