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    Parole eligibility is the date from which the parole board’s decision can be put into effect.  It is not when the board has to make a decision; often a decision is made before or after this date.  The parole eligibility date is best used as an estimate for when the board will be making their decision.  Please call us on our toll free number 888-661-5030 and an experienced parole lawyer can explain when an offenders elligibility date is.

    The first steps in determining when an inmate is eligible for parole is to look at sentence and the offense. Many inmates are eligible for parole when they have credit for serving one fourth of their sentence.  Credit is determined by adding an inmate’s actual calendar time plus “good time.”  Once good time plus calendar time is equal to one quarter of their sentence they are eligible for parole. 

    The next large category of inmates are not eligible for parole until they have served half of their actual calendar time.  For this group of inmates good calendar time does not effect their parole eligibility  This includes any offense in which there is a deadly weapon finding.  Some specific offenses that fall into this category are murder, indecency with a child, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and sexual assault.  An inmate sentenced to life is not eligible for parole until their calendar time equals thirty-five years.

    If you have questions regarding someone’s parole eligibility date and what steps you can take to help them make there first parole please call us or fill out our online contact form.  Our offices are in Houston and our parole practice takes us across the state of Texas.  We help families from Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Fort Worth and other cities across the states with loved ones in TDC.


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