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If you have a loved one who is in a Texas prison you want to know who decides if they will be granted parole. An experienced Texas parole attorney explains who makes decides if someone is granted parole or has to stay in prison.

Seth Topek
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            In Texas the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles decides if a person is granted parole.  There are six regional Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles offices.  They are located in Amarillo, Angleton, Gatesville, Huntsville, Palestine and San Antonio. 

            Each of these offices is assigned to a number of prisons and decides to either grant or deny parole to eligible inmates in those TDCJ units.  To see what parole board will vote on your or a loved ones parole click here or here.  There are some exceptions; a small percentage of inmates who were convicted of certain serious offenses, such as capital felonies and certain sexual offense, must receive a positive parole vote from two thirds of all the parole board members.  These cases begin with the parole board member at the office assigned to their unit and then travel to the other board members at each office across the state.  The vast majority of cases stay within their regional parole office.  Each office has three voters, one parole board member and two parole board commissioners.  When an inmate is eligible for parole all relevant information is compiled and sent to the parole board office.  The case is then assigned to one of the parole voters who is called the lead voter.  The lead voter is who, if given the opportunity, we make a presentation to regarding our client.  We present them with all of the reasons why they should grant parole to our client and along with witnesses give a more in depth view of our client and the reasons why he or she will be successful on parole.  If you would like to help someone obtain parole or have any questions regarding the parole process please call us at 713-651-1444 or fill out the contact form.  Topek and Topek offices in Houston Texas but as part of our practice as Texas parole lawyers we help clients located at units across the state of Texas and families located in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Amarillo, Waco, Galveston, McCallen and numerous other cities around the state.