Q In Texas parole law what is a parole panel and what does the parole panel do?
In Texas the parole board is compromised of different regional offices each of which has one parole board member and two parole commissioners. In the majority of cases parole board members and parole commissions act in panels of three. In these cases the parole panel is the one board member and two parole commissioners at a regional office. The parole panel that will decide an offender’s case is based on the location of the prison unit. Each prison unit is assigned to a regional parole office that handles offenders in the unit. One of the three panel members is made the lead voter on the case. They receive the file first and if you hire us we will make a request to meet the lead voter in order to make a presentation and present witnesses on the offender’s behalf. The lead voter will be the first to vote and in most cases the second voter will follow their lead. If the second vote is different from the first, the third voter will cast the deciding vote. In order for an offender to be granted parole they must receive two votes in their favor.
If you are trying to help someone obtain parole please call us on our toll free number 888-661-5030 for a free consultation. We have experience representing offenders and helping them obtain favorable parole votes before parole panels across the state of Texas. We believe in working closely with the offender and their family in order to present an in depth picture of the offender that details the way they have addressed the problems that led to their incarceration and have created a strong parole plan that will ensure their success on parole. Please fill out our secure online contact form with any questions you may have and an experienced parole attorney will contact you shortly. Our offices are in Houston but we regularly represent offenders with family in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Fort Worth and other cities around the state.