If an offender is believed to have violated conditions of supervised release, the parole officer submits a violation report. The report determines whether a warrant will be issued. Parole Division officers review the report to determine if probable cause exists. If probable cause is found, a warrant is issued to detain the offender pending an administrative hearing. The warrant is typically published in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and/or the Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) fugitives warrant database.
Once an offender is detained on a parole warrant, the sheriff having custody notifies the TDCJ Parole Division, which decides whether to begin the hearing process. If violations are only administrative (no crime involved), or include a conviction for which the offender has discharged the sentence, the hearing is requested. If criminal charges are pending, the Parole Division normally schedules a preliminary hearing and, if probable cause is found, defers the revocation hearing until the criminal charge is resolved.