The Parole Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice identifies offenders six months prior to their initial parole eligibility, and four months prior to subsequent review dates, and directs the case file to be pulled for review.
Notice is sent to trial officials, victims, and victim family members.
An Institutional Parole Officer (IPO) of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles interviews the offender and prepares a parole case summary for the Board.
The offender's file is sent to the designated board office for review and vote by a Parole Panel.
A panel consists of three voting members and a majority of two votes is needed for a final decision.
Voting is sequential, with one panel member recording their vote and passing it to the next panel member.
If the first two votes are the same, the vote is final.
If the first two votes differ, the third panel member reviews the case and breaks the tie.
Parole Panel members must grant an interview to victims, as defined by statute, upon request.
Offender is notified of the Parole Panel decision via correspondence.
A denial will include the next review date.
An approval may include special conditions.