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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 »


TX Federal Court Says No Sex Offender Parole Conditions Without a Sex Offender Conviction

Our sister site, TexasParoleNow, reported earlier on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling that the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole could not impose sex offender conditions on parolees who were not convicted of a sexual offense without first holding a due process hearing (for that article click here). While that decision was shocking enough coming from that court, a federal judge in Texas has now ruled that doing so would be a Constitutional violation. What this means for parole in the rest of the country is that there more »


Great (and Important) Decision by Texas Court of Criminal appeals

The full article can be read at TexasParoleNow.com . The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, known for its ultra-conservative and ultra-ULTRA pro prosecution stance has surprised many criminal defense attorneys by rendering an excellent well reasoned opinion in a case involving a parolee who, after 15 months of exemplary conduct on parole, had sex offender conditions added to his requirement based on the whim of a parole officer despite the fact that he had not been convicted of a sex crime. The parolee soon lost his job due to not more »