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TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

PAROLE REVOCATION PROCESS

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HEARING PARTICIPANTS?

Participant  Responsibility
OFFENDER
  • Is under no obligation to answer questions or provide information on any alleged violation.
  • May hire an attorney, at their own expense, or request a state appointed attorney.
  • (or their attorney) may request witnesses, directing requests to the parole officer.
  • (or their attorney) may ask direct and cross-examination questions of witnesses.
  • May testify in their own behalf and present testimonial and documentary supporting evidence.
  • (or their attorney) may object, make motions and raise concerns regarding procedures or evidence.
HEARING OFFICER
  • As an employee of the board, is responsible for conducting revocation hearings.
  • As a neutral and detached fact finder, determines the relevant facts of the case and objectively summarizes pertinent information in a report for the Board.
PAROLE OFFICER
  • As a TDCJ-Parole Division employee, presents information to support the alleged violation.
  • Obtains subpoenas for all offenders and adverse witnesses.
  • Serves subpoenas and notifies all parties involved in the hearing of witnesses expected to testify.
  • Provides the offender and hearing officer copies of all documents to be presented as evidence.
ATTORNEY
  • Provides counsel to the offender.
  • Presents and examine witnesses.
  • Addresses each allegation in defense of the offender.
WITNESSES 
  • Attend the hearing as requested.
  • Tell the truth in responding to relevant questions.
OBSERVERS
  • Refrain from any attempt to participate or interrupt
  • Abide by any restrictions imposed by jails or other confinement facilities.

 

Updated 01/16/2013

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