A reprieve is a delay or temporary suspension of punishment.
An emergency medical reprieve may be granted by the Governor to allow an offender to obtain medical care outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Offenders may seek an emergency medical reprieve if they are:
Another type of emergency medical reprieve for a family emergency allows the offender, on a temporary basis, to visit an immediate family member who is critically ill or deceased. Although a request for a family emergency reprieve to attend a funeral or to visit a critically ill relative may be made through the Clemency Section, a more timely alternative is to request a special absence (furlough) from TDCJ.
Offenders also may seek a reprieve to attend civil court proceedings.