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Profiles in Parole Release and Revocation Texas

Profiles in Parole Release and Revocation Texas

July 15, 2016

Parole Profile Texas

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The Texas Board of Pardon Advisors was created in 1893 to assist the governor in exercising pardoning and release powers; its name was changed to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in 1929. Texas has long had an indeterminate sentencing system in which the legislature has granted judges and the paroling authority a very broad range of discretion, especially for first-degree felonies (five to ninety-nine years). Texas does not have a sentencing commission or sentencing guidelines.