Q How long will an offender be at their first unit?
The majority of Texas inmates are taken from county jail to a transfer or intake facility. At this facility the offender will go through processing, which includes various physical and mental tests. It also includes interviews in order to obtain information about the offender’s family structure, past behavior, drug and alcohol use, military history, education history and employment history. TDCJ will use the results to determine many things including to what unit the offender will be assigned.
The offender is usually at this first unit for over a year. It is our experience that many offenders serving relatively short sentence will become eligible for parole while at the initial facility. That is not a problem, the offender can be interviewed by parole and the parole board regularly reviews offenders for parole while they are still at the transfer facility.
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