Parole Guidelines: 2021 Update

Overview of the Parole Guidelines Every year, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles releases an update on their parole guidelines. This update includes the approval rates for all of the Parole Board members, as well as an explanation of the point system they use. In this article, we will break down the 2021 parole … Read more

The Differences Between Parole and Clemency

At the Cox Law Firm, we understand that your primary goal is to get your loved one out of TDCJ as quickly as possible. For offenders seeking release, there are really only two options, parole and clemency. In this article, we will breakdown the differences between these two options, as well as the probability of … Read more

2021 Update: COVID-19 in TDCJ

COVID-19 in 2021 It has been over a year since the COVID-19 virus began its spread around the globe. Many lives have been lost and nearly everyone’s lives have been altered in some way. Some Americans transitioned to work from home, and are just now returning to work. Masks are no longer mandated as vaccination … Read more

Repeat Offender Law Limited

Federal Repeat Offender Law Limited by Supreme Court One June 10th, the U.S. Supreme Court limited the federal repeat offender law. As a result, prior convictions for reckless violent crimes can no longer trigger a sentence enhancement. The Supreme Court distinguished between crimes involving reckless and intentional mental states. Now, the law only applies to … Read more

TDCJ Gang Membership

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) does not want gangs in the prison system. In this post, we will address the effects of gang membership in TDCJ and how to get out of a gang the right way. First, we will detail the gangs recognized by TDCJ. Second, we explain the consequences of gang … Read more

Interstate Compact Transfers

The short answer is— yes. Your loved one can apply to transfer states upon their release with a process called “Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision.” Our experienced parole lawyers have success obtaining interstate transfers of supervision on a mandatory and discretionary basis. The following blog describes the Interstate Compact policy and how to apply … Read more

Parole Eligibility in Texas

Many want to know when their loved one is eligible for parole. The answer depends on your loved one’s sentence and offense. Section 508.145 of the Texas Government Code specifies who is eligible for release on parole and when. This section starts with parole exclusions, continues with parole exceptions, and ends with the general rule … Read more

Victim Impact Statements in the Parole Process

Victims have the right to be notified of your loved one’s parole eligibility and submit victim impact statements. This post explains how notification occurs and how the victims can impact the parole process. Victim Impact Statements For the initial trial and subsequent parole reviews, victims can submit an impact statement. These statements express their thoughts … Read more

What is Discretionary Mandatory Supervision?

The Texas Legislature created Discretionary Mandatory Supervision (DMS) to solve a problem with our mandatory supervision laws. Mandatory Supervision In 1977, the 65th Texas Legislature enacted the system of mandatory supervision. However, this system automatically released many inmates. The mandatory supervision release calculation was simple: if calendar time plus good time credit equaled the sentence … Read more