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Texas Parole Officials Can Be Held Liable Over Sex Offender Restrictions

  A federal judge in Austin, Texas has ordered that state parole officials can be held personally liable by inmates suing over restrictive sex-offender conditions required of them, even though they were never convicted of a sex crime. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued the order.  Yeakel blasted the state's persistent refusal to provide due process hearings before imposing the sex-offender restrictions on an offender who was never convicted of a sex crime. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice have argued that more »


Update to Parole Condition X Situation in Texas

This is reprinted with permission from TexasParoleNow.com. “As reported on ParoleNow.com last week, an Austin federal judge agreed with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole could not unilaterally impose sex offender conditions, known as Condition X, on parolees who were not convicted of a sex crime without first holding a due process hearing to establish that they were necessary. However, true to form, the Board (or at least some parole officers) were threatening parolees that if they didn’t waive their right to a hearing more »