As of June 2019, TDCJ inmate release upon granting of parole has slowed down significantly, according to conversations I have had with both clients and TDCJ parole personnel.
The slow down appears to be due primarily to TDCJ staff shortages. I’m hoping the bottleneck is not permanent, but my sources seem skeptical that the problem will be alleviated any time soon.
For now, I’m hearing the projected time tables are as follows:
If you are granted parole and are not required to take any classes, then you should receive your parole certificate within 30-60 days.
After receiving your parole certificate, it can be anywhere from two to four weeks before you receive an actual release date and named release facility.
After receiving your release date, you should then expect actual transfer and release within four to seven days.
That’s right — an FI – 1 parole release means that it could still be over three months before your loved one actually steps out into the free world.
Very frustrating, I know. But unless the State makes a real investment in staffing TDCJ, there’s nothing we can do. There is certainly no legal remedy to this administrative slow down (at least not yet).
Also please be advised that, as with most time tables associated with TDCJ, these projected dates are not firm and should not be considered actual administrative targets. Rather, these numbers are best guesses by the people actually working in the system (assuming they are telling me the truth!).