Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!






Go Back   Prison Talk > U.S. REGIONAL FORUMS > TEXAS > Texas Parole, Probation, Work Release & Community Service
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Texas Parole, Probation, Work Release & Community Service All information & questions relating to parole, probation, work release & community service in the State of Texas should be posted here. Also found here is information in creating Parole Packets, discussion of Parole Attorneys, etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-16-2005, 09:04 PM
Been There 2's Avatar
Been There 2 Been There 2 is offline
Only the Truth
 

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 482
Thanks: 0
Thanked 105 Times in 11 Posts
Default Texas Inmate Support letters - helpful tips

Someone asked me about this from something I said earlier. Here are my views (which are similar to others.)


INMATE SUPPORT LETTERS
As your loved one becomes eligible for consideration by the Board of Pardons and Parole, there are many things that should be done to insure that he is NOT just a name and number to those people .It is just like selling a car. There a lot of them out there wanting consideration, but you have only so much time to spend while looking. The better you “sell” yourself, the better your chances are of being favorably considered.

The Board considers hundreds of requests a month. They sift through a mound of paperwork every day, trying to discover those who are “Really Ready” to return to the Free World, (and NOT prove an embarrassment to someone who voted for a violent recidivist).
WHAT IS A SUPPORT LETTER?
Support letters are proof that the offender now has, and will continue to have a network of friends and family to help when he or she is released. There are no rules, no format, no real requirement for one of these. But here are some guidelines and suggestions for you. Please use what fits your own special situation, as the Board will not be very convinced of a “cookie-cutter” generic letter. Express yourself in the way that is personal and meaningful to you.

Each support letter shows that:
A. I am a free world person who knows the inmate and cares about his/her future life.
B. I have given this inmate my free world input and guidance while he/she has been in prison.
C. I will be there with my support when he/she is released back to the community.
D. I know the good side of the inmate, and can help offset the bad side, which is in his/her criminal record. (Which will be all that the Board member sees otherwise.)
E. (I am a voter in the State of Texas! I can and will exercise my right to remove from office the indifferent, the lazy, and the corrupt who ignore the voters of the state.)
EVERYBODY CAN WRITE SUPPORT LETTERS
A. Immediate family members
B. Involved relatives; aunts, uncles, cousins
C. close friends and loved ones
D. Respected members of your community, such as ministers, school teachers, religious teachers, businessmen, past and prospective employers, students, counselors, etc.
E. Your inmate’s TDCJ supervisors or other people who have known him while in prison, such as the chaplain, counselor, teacher, volunteer from the community. (But remember that today, many wardens will not allow such letters to be written by staff members, or only after review by the warden).
F. People who know the spouse of inmate and can state that spouse’s support will be of value during the inmate’s re-adjustment to the free world.

WHAT SHOULD SUPPORT LETTERS LOOK LIKE?
Like all formal letters, a support letter should make a good appearance. It should be typed if at all possible. It should be on ONE PAGE, if you can cover all you need to say in that length. Don’t ramble, talk about his/her childhood, or anything that is off the point. Keep it simple, keep it powerful and keep it positive. If the letter is from a business or professional person, it should be written on letterhead stationery.

WHERE AND HOW DO I SEND MY LETTER

All letters should be addressed to the:

Board of Pardons and Paroles, Review and Releasing,
P.O. Box 13401,
Austin, Texas,
78711.

There are two different viewpoints about HOW to send them. One belief is that each person writing a letter should send his/her letter separately and individually, so that the letters come in at random, and keep the file “stirring”. Others say that there is a better chance of letters getting “lost”, misfiled, or never arriving.

I have a third view (I usually do!). Combine both approaches. Have each person who submits a letter make a Xerox copy to give to you. Then you know exactly who has written, and who blew you off. Then about a month before the hearing, Xerox all of these letters and send them as a package, return receipt requested, to the Board! This will let you see who has written the strongest letters, and you can ask them for a follow-up if the parole is set-off.

I hope these suggestions will help you in your struggle to get your loved one home.
Reply With Quote
The Following 83 Users Say Thank You to Been There 2 For This Useful Post:
aj's mom (12-25-2010), austins_luv (01-15-2011), BabyBettis (10-28-2009), babyfreckels (09-29-2009), BLONDIE01 (11-15-2008), BobbysGirl1974 (01-16-2014), bowiecarson (06-27-2008), BrandonsBabyGrl (11-06-2010), CheefnDank (06-09-2010), chrissijo68 (07-28-2010), cjplusone (05-07-2010), daddysbaby17 (01-07-2009), daddysbabydoll (05-30-2009), determined23 (05-08-2011), drika88 (12-22-2010), Duce8 (01-25-2014), Fancy1 (11-06-2009), fancyrebel (02-01-2009), GirlGina (06-12-2008), Goldyloxn4bears (04-23-2010), He's Innocent (12-02-2011), Heriberto (07-20-2009), HisChevyBabe (06-07-2012), HOLDINITDWN09 (05-21-2009), hunnee70 (03-04-2012), ILOVEANGEL (06-12-2008), Jacolbe (03-24-2013), jade266881 (12-01-2012), Jillian (05-10-2009), Jose's mom (10-27-2008), JusChillen (02-13-2010), kbuffum (11-21-2011), kbugsgranny (12-26-2008), KennysQueen (09-30-2008), krystal5683 (01-24-2009), larrylynch (03-16-2012), LavendersGirl (01-07-2011), lisagutierrez27 (01-08-2009), LittleWing13 (01-11-2009), longgone22 (01-08-2010), lovingwesley (03-25-2009), mamajo (10-22-2008), mch1005 (04-23-2010), mrs.robinson210 (05-28-2011), NavyGirl71 (02-06-2010), normab50 (09-07-2009), nurseyancey (01-08-2010), Oliver's Gurl (01-11-2009), Paloma.Avila (06-08-2009), piercedkitten83 (10-12-2009), Queen3534 (03-25-2010), r&t (09-06-2008), R.D.M. (05-18-2013), Randy'swifey (01-18-2010), rcd2951 (01-03-2017), releasemyman (11-08-2008), Renee (09-21-2009), Richard's Wife (04-10-2013), rlfeelin (01-21-2016), RlovesJ (05-15-2009), Sabel (08-22-2008), sassy121 (08-31-2008), scchic (11-30-2008), snavely1329 (07-04-2010), snowbunnietx (01-15-2011), so sad (01-07-2012), Star_of_Texas1 (02-10-2011), STBAmandaPosey (08-21-2008), StephyG86 (03-08-2009), SynysterWilliam (11-22-2012), thenson09 (07-08-2008), tomswife06 (10-14-2008), trentschik (06-18-2008), twinklie81 (06-07-2012), TXGURL (08-19-2008), visitor23 (07-21-2013), w1ldflower (08-17-2012), wandamaloy (04-13-2014), Waynes Wife1975 (04-13-2009), WDT's 4 ever (05-08-2009), WifejailedinAZ (11-10-2008), x4livin (10-02-2008)
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 06-28-2006, 05:31 PM
mandown mandown is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: california,usa
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Default

Hi, I have made it to the small town of Lemesa, where my husband is incarcerated. His parole hearing is swet for December. If he makes it he will be out in March of 07. I am grateful for all the help I have found in the Prison Talk forum.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-02-2006, 08:45 AM
Crone's Avatar
Crone Crone is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: May 2004
Location: In my right mind in the wrong country
Posts: 5,129
Thanks: 671
Thanked 444 Times in 240 Posts
Default

BT2, I agree that the boiler plate letters don't work. I also think you have offered some good suggestions here.

I'm wondering, however, how the PB would take it if someone wrote "I am a voter in the State of Texas! I can and will exercise my right to remove from office the indifferent, the lazy, and the corrupt who ignore the voters of the state." I know if it were me I would see this as some kind of threat would would ignore it or maybe put on my Good Ol' boy hat and say -- hmmm, set off! I know they aren't supposed to do that but I could definitely see it happening.
__________________
Namaste,
Crone
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Crone For This Useful Post:
WifejailedinAZ (12-18-2008)
  #4  
Old 07-13-2006, 04:40 AM
jojacks jojacks is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Stephenville, Texas
Posts: 4,622
Thanks: 0
Thanked 156 Times in 66 Posts
Default

Crone, I agree - I have wanted to put that exact statement in my letter, but afraid it will hurt his case more than help it!!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-13-2006, 08:04 AM
Willsgirl's Avatar
Willsgirl Willsgirl is offline
My baby is home!!!!
 

Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: DFW, TEXAS
Posts: 3,412
Thanks: 24
Thanked 99 Times in 48 Posts
Default

A friends lawyer told her that is good to wait to send the packet after he has seen the IPO that way it will be on the top of everything. What do yall think?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-13-2006, 06:49 PM
Crone's Avatar
Crone Crone is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: May 2004
Location: In my right mind in the wrong country
Posts: 5,129
Thanks: 671
Thanked 444 Times in 240 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willsgirl
A friends lawyer told her that is good to wait to send the packet after he has seen the IPO that way it will be on the top of everything. What do yall think?
Most everything I have heard is to get the letters out at least 6 months BEFORE he meets with the IPO. Something about not wanting people to wait until the last minute to show your support. Perhaps others have heard something different.
__________________
Namaste,
Crone
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-13-2006, 07:16 PM
Willsgirl's Avatar
Willsgirl Willsgirl is offline
My baby is home!!!!
 

Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: DFW, TEXAS
Posts: 3,412
Thanks: 24
Thanked 99 Times in 48 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crone2004
Most everything I have heard is to get the letters out at least 6 months BEFORE he meets with the IPO. Something about not wanting people to wait until the last minute to show your support. Perhaps others have heard something different.
Not letters I am talking about the packet, I know not everyone does one, but for the ones that does. She said that way it will be on the top of everything.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-13-2006, 07:31 PM
Crone's Avatar
Crone Crone is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: May 2004
Location: In my right mind in the wrong country
Posts: 5,129
Thanks: 671
Thanked 444 Times in 240 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willsgirl
Not letters I am talking about the packet, I know not everyone does one, but for the ones that does. She said that way it will be on the top of everything.
I think I would have to give the same advice. Perhaps others will come here with a different viewpoint
__________________
Namaste,
Crone
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-23-2006, 01:01 PM
brysgirl brysgirl is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ft Worth, Texas
Posts: 53
Thanks: 3
Thanked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Should the support letters start now ( a year out ) from family and friends or wait till the time gets closer?
__________________
Shelly
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-06-2006, 09:40 AM
MoMo's Avatar
MoMo MoMo is offline
Texas Tornado
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Richmond, Texas
Posts: 14,874
Thanks: 529
Thanked 1,159 Times in 599 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brysgirl
Should the support letters start now ( a year out ) from family and friends or wait till the time gets closer?

I would say to send in support letters at least 1-2 times a year and if there are any major changes that have happened with your loved one. IE: college degree, certificate complete (include copy of a cirtificate) etc....
__________________
Mo
Texas Tornado
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-10-2006, 09:44 AM
bdyson bdyson is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas & USA
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thank you for all your response. I was just told I need to write a letter of support. My son is in Tx prison now for 1 year, and he goes up for a second parole hearing in November. I hope that I am not too late.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-14-2006, 09:20 PM
Artavia's Wife's Avatar
Artavia's Wife Artavia's Wife is offline
We Got A FR-5
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 50
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Man, I'm loving this. I'm getting some good information. The love of my life does not come up for parole until August 2007 and I was wondering the same thing. If I should start sending support letters now. I didn't want parole to think that we just started supporting him. He has been incarcerated sense January 2006 and it's taking a 1 year and 6 months for his first parole. Is that normal?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-06-2006, 06:36 AM
Texasfem's Avatar
Texasfem Texasfem is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,932
Thanks: 113
Thanked 350 Times in 150 Posts
Default

This is great source of information. You are all so wonderful! here it goes, tell me. I am not in the situation of being able to send a support letter to the board because my son does not have a tdc number. what I want to do is start preparing one (letter) for when he gets transfered so that I can mail it out right away. Good or bad move? I have not yet decided if I will hire a parole attorney or do it myself but I think if they see he has family support from the start that it might be a positive thing and it will give me time to prepare the packet. I hope that is. he has been on state time now for over a year but resides in county waiting for transfer.

HELP...What should I do and where do I start?

Thanks for all your great advice!!
__________________
Wishing my PTO Friends a Happy Easter!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-01-2006, 11:08 AM
EmptyNest's Avatar
EmptyNest EmptyNest is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: DFW, TX.
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

This is awesome! I just became a member a few days ago and I am learning so much. My husband's parole was denied in Aug.06. He got a 1 yr. set off. He is wanting his mother and I to put together a parole packet for him. I know there are some close friends who have sent support letters to the parole board. I can just assume. I really have no way of knowing if they did or not. How often should support letters be sent and can one person send to many?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-29-2006, 02:56 PM
blessing blessing is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I just became a member on last week. And I'm needing information on how to prepare a parole packet. My love one comes up for parole in Mar.07. I need all the help I can get on getting him home. ALL OF YOU PLEASEEEEE HELP!
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-29-2006, 05:26 PM
Kay's Avatar
Kay Kay is offline
Registered User

Staff Superstar Winner 

Donation Award 
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: TX USA
Posts: 12,134
Thanks: 8,731
Thanked 4,179 Times in 2,585 Posts
Default

blessing, in the Texas parole and probation of prison talk there are some example letters and info on how to prepare a parole packet. You will be able to find information there that will help you a lot. Good Luck! Katy
__________________
"Doing Time With Jason"
Jason's Mom Kay

Help Desk


Super Moderator: Texas, Capital Punishment, Hurricanes, Visitation, Prison Evacuations, Parents With Children In Prison
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-02-2007, 09:22 AM
pojs's Avatar
pojs pojs is offline
Missing My Papito!
 

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: arkansas usa
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Hi everyone. I am new here. My questions is that my fiance has been transfered to different prison from county to finally buster cole unit. We just finding out he is up for parole on 3/30/07. we found out recently online at the offender site on tdcj site. he has been transfered from our state in arkansas to texas from 11/06 til now where he is at. he is up for parole so fast caught us unguard. we are writing our support letters but from what i learned here i need to redo it, need help FAST!! so lost almost on a verge of a break down.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-02-2007, 09:36 AM
RobinsMan's Avatar
RobinsMan RobinsMan is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pasadena, Texas
Posts: 10,242
Thanks: 1,400
Thanked 4,963 Times in 2,974 Posts
Default

First, you might take a deep breath and calm down because if you are going by the PED on the offender search site then you still should have plenty of time to get support letters and parol packet together. Robin has been parole elligible since last October (PED) and, as her actual interview closes in, I am told that the earliest that her file will be in front of voters is the end of this month. It will probably take five months once they pull his file. Actually, since he's just now in it's not really so much "pull" as it is "build" his file. You can call the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Huntsville at 936-291-2106 and ask if his file has been pulled for review. Once it has you can call and ask where the file is. As long as it is in Austin or Huntsville he is not close to an interview by an IPO. Once it goes to a local board then you can worry about getting the whole package in to them but no one will be looking at letters, etc. until the file has all been typed up, formalized, checked by the IPO, sent to the voters and then once his file floats to the top of their pile. You can still send in a letter once they first pull his file so he'll have something in it but you shoud have plenty of time to get an entire packet together if he's not yet Parole Elligible.

Royce

Last edited by RobinsMan; 03-02-2007 at 09:46 AM..
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to RobinsMan For This Useful Post:
JusChillen (02-13-2010), R.D.M. (05-18-2013)
  #19  
Old 03-02-2007, 09:42 AM
pojs's Avatar
pojs pojs is offline
Missing My Papito!
 

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: arkansas usa
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Ok I am a bit more calmer now. This is all new to me. So i am clueless from having someone on the inside when in the past i couldnt get any justice on the outside. Go figure. Ex hub tried to kill me got away with and fiance violated a parole for not reporting and he goes to jail, the irony in that.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 04-05-2007, 08:53 AM
LUVMYINMATE LUVMYINMATE is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

OK do i just keep sending random letters, and then before his PB decision maybe a month before do i send a whole packet, and what goes into this packet
__________________
ILL WAIT FOR THAT DAY I CAN HOLD YOU AGAIN
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 04-11-2007, 09:33 AM
Storm54's Avatar
Storm54 Storm54 is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: OK
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi,

My daughter just went to Gatesville, Woodman State Jail. She violated her probation with one dirty UA at the Halfway House. They sent her there 3 weeks ago and her Parole review is on July 18, 2007. What all can we do to help with this. There isn't alot of time. Prisons are overflowing as you all know in Texas. I was informed she would probably stay at the State Jail for her time being there. Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you....
__________________
I have held Many things in my hands, and I have lost them ALL;BUT whatever I have placed in GOD'S hands, THAT I STILL POSSESS" Martin Luther
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 04-15-2007, 09:17 PM
ttopjenn29's Avatar
ttopjenn29 ttopjenn29 is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: gunter texas
Posts: 571
Thanks: 142
Thanked 50 Times in 26 Posts
Default

do any of you have a loved one that's in seg and going through the parole review process?
__________________
jennifer
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 04-23-2007, 01:27 PM
coffeemaker1 coffeemaker1 is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: West Columbia, TX
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Angry Worried Mom

My son is in GIST Unit in Beaumont and he is asking for support letters and a parole package. He doesn't write often so how can I find out when he is up for parole. I found the information on the support letters very helpful and will start on them. This is the first time I have had to do anything like this and hopefull it will be the last time in this life time.
Mom in Texas
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 04-23-2007, 01:46 PM
lormur's Avatar
lormur lormur is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,575
Thanks: 270
Thanked 689 Times in 457 Posts
Default

I would suggest that you call his parole board for authentic information.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 04-26-2007, 07:51 AM
MBB MBB is offline
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Wood County Texas
Posts: 417
Thanks: 0
Thanked 41 Times in 22 Posts
Default parole laywer

I got a letter from my brother yesterday with a card from a
parole laywer that some of the guys in his unit have used. He
dosen't come up for his first hearing for 2 years. His name is
Paul Hampel out of San Antonio. I have mixed emotions about
hiring a laywer for parole. I have helped my boyfriend and
a family friend with their parole packets, they got paroled thier
first time. I don't think and from what I've always read on
here, they don't make alot of difference this attorney charges
$2,500.00 My brother's charge is a sexual assault charge
not agg. but in Texas even with no cases they serve the
biggest part of their time. Anyone that can tell me what they
think, I would appreciate it I want to do what's best and we
can get the money, but I beleive they read the support letters
your record at the unit,and make their decission on that.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:25 AM.
Copyright © 2001- 2017 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics