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

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

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

Earning Good Conduct Time

Just like parole, good conduct time is a privilege in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC) prison system. Only prison-sentenced inmates serving time for first, second, or third degree felonies receive good conduct time. Additionally, good conduct time applies only to parole eligibility or mandatory supervision and does not otherwise affect terms of confinement. … Read more

Board Considerations During a Parole Hearing

What does the Parole Board look at during a parole hearing? The parole board vote can seem like a complicated code to crack. However, the first thing to understand is the complete discretion that parole panels have in making their decision during a parole hearing. Having an experienced parole lawyer from The Cox Law Firm … Read more

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