Texas Parole and "Mandatory" Release

Jordan Smith, author of the column Reefer Madness, writes an excellent piece in this week’s Austin Chronicle about Texas’ unreasonable parole system, and a pending lawsuit that seeks to change it.

The actual parole rate for Texas non-violent inmates is substantially lower than the “recommended” rate. Translation? Folks convicted of felony offenses in Texas are serving higher and higher percentages of their sentences, even when they accumulate substantial good-time credit. Many serve their full sentence, despite all of their “good-time credit”.

“Mandatory Release”, which is what it is still called, has not been mandatory since 1996. Mandatory Release on parole used to happen when an inmate’s good time credit, plus his actual time served equaled his sentence.

A plain English typical example: hypothetical defendant is sentenced to 4 years prison for possession of 2 grams of cocaine. After 2 real years in prison, the inmate has accrued 2 years of good conduct time as well (meaning he has not violated any prison rules, has participated in vocational programs etc.)

His total time then would be 2 real years + 2 good time credit years, for a total of 4 years. Under the pre-1996 laws, he would be released on parole automatically (assuming he hadn’t previously qualified for parole). He would still have to serve 2 more years of supervision, report to a parole officer, be subject to drug testing, participate in aftercare, etc. But he would be released – and thus cost the taxpayers a lot less money as well.

Under the current system, however, mandatory release is discretionary. That’s right. Mandatory = discretionary.

Smith quotes parole attorney Bill Habern on the current state of Texas Parole law:

“I’ve never seen such a dysfunctional system as exists in Texas” – a system that allows the parole board to become a “bully.” “They’ve been bullies so long that they’re just used to it.”

But it’s not the individual members that are the problem, he says; it’s the system they work under.

“It’s not the members of the team playing on the field,” that slant things, he says. “It’s the field,” that’s slanted.

And remember, we’re not talking murder, robbery, sexual assault here. Those offenses were never eligible for mandatory release under the old rules. We’re talking primarily about drug possession cases.

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Anonymous - April 15, 2007 10:27 AM

It is not only inmates incarcerated for drug related crimes do not make parole when they follow all of the rules and stay out of trouble. I know someone who got a 6 year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon which was a baseball bat and the victim did not even go to the hospital. To top it all off, the victim was thrown out of court due to his behaviour. Jumping over benches to get to the front of the court.

The inmate was initially sentenced to 6 years of probation but due to depression and personal issues he did not comply. He said they had every right to send him to prison. He made a mistake and he should pay for it. He has participated in all programs and educational courses he had time to take and did not get into any type of trouble except for one verbal reprimand. When he first came up for parole it was turned down. No explanation was given to him at all and they would not tell anyone who inquired why it was denied. He is in the fifth year of his sentence and he did finally make parole this year.

And the length of time it takes to process it parole is beyond my understanding. Today is April the 15th. The process started March the 9th and he is still there.

When you call they (with the exception of two people who actually take the time to look) tell you the same thing. What needs to take place before the release date is set, and all of it has happened with the exception of issuing the release certificate. I call the number in Austin given to me to get the date of release almost every day. They might as well have an automated number because they sound like a broken record. I think it is mainly due to state employees who spend more time drinking coffee and taking breaks than they do performing they're jobs. This is costing the taxpayer how much a day while they twiddle they're thumbs????

DAVID - October 30, 2007 3:16 PM

The prison system is run to provide job security for the people either working or managing the system why else would they hold somebody who has rightfully done their time?

david - October 30, 2007 3:22 PM

The prison system is run to provide job security for the people either working or managing the system why else would they hold somebody who has rightfully done their time?BULL CRAP,you refused to submit this comment for no reason.this was the only comment I submitted.

david - October 30, 2007 3:22 PM

The prison system is run to provide job security for the people either working or managing the system why else would they hold somebody who has rightfully done their time?You refused to submit this comment for no reason.this was the only comment I submitted.

david - October 30, 2007 3:22 PM

The prison system is run to provide job security for the people either working or managing the system why else would they hold somebody who has rightfully done their time?You refused to submit this comment for no reason.this was the only comment I submitted.

Doris - December 9, 2007 7:38 PM

My Sweetheart has been in "review" for over 6 months now. At first they told me it would be weeks, not months for them to make a decision, and it looked "favorable". I don't know who I spoke with, but whoever it was, lied to me. He was arrested on a PI, but the report before the Judge stated DWI. As it did with the Parole Board. How can you fight that? He is an alcoholic, and this is not the first time he has been punished for his disease,however he will be 66 years old in January, and his health is deterioting. I will be 63,and disabled, and need him home desperatly. Who reads this? Who has the heart to imagine the many tears I shed? Who cares that I am about to loose our home because I can't work and on a very meager Social Security? And as everyone knows, his SS stopped as soon as he was incarcerated. Who cares that I am so lonely and scared sometimes I just want to die without him? Who Cares?

Janett - March 30, 2008 1:52 PM

The way a regular person is treated in Texas for a any crime should be the same as those public officials doing the same crime, ignored. Our upstanding public officials with porno on their computers, sleeping with children, spending our tax dollars on prostitutes and stealing our public funds should not be allowed to judge anyone because they don't know what is right or wrong. No matter how small the crime, once a conviction is made, that person's life, his or her spouse's life, and their children's lives are ruined or drastically changed forever. The Texas criminal system makes it so unbearable to live up to the conditions of probation that hardly any make it through. Inevitably, they are sent to prison and their all their rights are taken away. Inmates are stripped of all their pride and treated as animals with no hope of release. The Texas Parole system is in bad need of rework, the prison system is in bad need of rehabilitation of inmates, and the legal system needs to work towards helping inmates get early releases so they can get back to their families. Inmates should have the opportunity to work in prison to pay their way or gain credit on their time. Inmates should be released as per the Texas Criminal Justice rules, when time served and good time credit equal their sentence. Inmates have nothing to look forward to but disappointment. Our system needs to change.

Shashana - June 9, 2008 8:59 AM

Janett, I am right there with you 100%
How can the unrighteous judge the unrighteous? Crazy sounding to me and if anyone wonders how I can bring the word "righteous" up in this comment, visit the websters dictionary and search for the word "justice". IT FLOORED ME!
Just a bunch of hypocrites, not even politics anymore. Who gave these people the right!?!?! WE DID! TIME TO VOTE!

Danielle - June 19, 2008 7:34 PM

I can relate to many of the tears that have been shed, the lonely nights, finicail problems as well as all the lies. One after another they nevr seem to stop. Its like we are all on a Marry-Go-Round, they getting a kick out of it. Anyways the love of my life is serving out his 2 yrs as of now. Since Feb. 27th 2008. This is his very first time to prision, he was suppose to see parole on May 20th, but it's June 19th and he still being "bullied" by the gaurds on a day to day basis. I mean he is in Changes, getting his GED and works in the Kitchen, goes to Church and still he can go to work at the kitchen and apon his returns ALL of his belongings are gone; mattress, bowl, spoon, letters, pictures, stamps, paper, pen, envelopes, etc. With no warning or reason. Now he is on restriction for 30 days for asking what happen to his things to a guard. Now the only letters I get are sad sobbing stories. I hurts you to know that the one you love is needing you just as much as you are needing them. Why can't they understand that everybody is human WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. Who are we to judge the flesh? Like I tell baby in every letter, "STAY UP AND P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens) It can't rain forever...Til pen meets pad again... "

janet - July 27, 2008 1:00 AM

My nephew was put in prison days after he turned 17. Two 16 year old boys had a metal pipe and were gonna rob my nephew. Instead, he took the pipe away and one of the boys had to go to the e.r. for two hours and was able to go home. The other was o.k. My nephew was sentenced to 10 years. He has been denied parole 8 years now. He is now 25. Over the years he has got his G.E.D, he has been one of the top students in his welding class, and only has to file for his certificate to become an ordain minister. Is that crazy or what? I searched for help online . I have read so many complaints and stories like mine, but never was able to find who to turn to for help.

Sasha - August 1, 2008 3:29 PM

I am not very familiar with the system well not unitl recently, my husband is being voted on as we speak. I hope he receives his RMS. He as no infractional, good time, work time. He was sentenced to 2 years, on a non aggrevated case. He has served 10 months. So far everyone has been very helpful when I call Austin. I pray for favor, I must be getting it!

sasha - August 1, 2008 3:36 PM

correction on the above statement. my husband has no infractions, but he does have good and work time (sorr)

sasha - August 1, 2008 3:55 PM

correction on the above statement. my husband has no infractions, but he does have good and work time (sorry) Sasha

susie proa - August 4, 2008 2:42 PM

I am looking for the outcome and pasing of a bill propossed in 2007 to be passed this September 2008 for Mandatory release for parolees.

Vanessa - September 1, 2008 7:57 PM

Question: my son was convicted of failure to stop and render aid. He was denied parole and got a SA. what does this mean? he was the hitee not the hiter and the others didn't get any kind of court issues or charges. he's up for projected in feb 09 and i am concerned.

Roger - September 5, 2008 12:24 AM

My son in Mineral Wells a "Pre-Parole transfer facility" in name only. It's a private facility owned by CCA. They never parole DWI offenders. As a matter of fact they never parole many offenders at all. They receive about 55 dollars per day per in-mate. Sparse and I do mean Sparse food portions. 2 Correctional Officers for 300 in-mates, you basically fend for yourself. OH least we forget the offenders put up with this inhumane treatment, because of contact visits, phones and A/C. If your in Mineral Wells do not look to be paroled. CCA owner needs every dime he can hoard. God will be his judge. There are gangs, drugs, riots, etc in this place. Someone needs to stop the violence in Mineral Wells. We pray our loved one get outs safe but sure counseling will be required and disability. What is wrong with TEXAS, rehab units instead of prison. Ann Richards, RIP, had it right. Oh is there a board of parole and pardons, didn't know that? Our loved one saw no one and got a slip of paper 4 months later stating denied parole. MINERAL WELLS AND CCA OWNER PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY PLACED IN YOUR HANDS. GOD WILL BE YOUR JUDGE. THAT WILL BE OUR JUSTICE.There are roaches as large as mice in that god-forsaken old building, God only knows what else, black mold, etc.The offenders are angry, they are model prisoners who have been denied parole 2 to 3 times. It does not take an idiot to figure this one out. I hope they shut this place down. I believe CCA owner has enough money in his wallet to survice. MY VETERAN family of many generations fought for this????? Wake up world, it can happen in a second and you and your family will be thrown in this nightmare. NO your not IMMMUNED to this. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.I used to think prison was where they sent bad people, but guess what accidents can happen, yes even to you and your family.TEXAS PRISONS NEEDS REFORM AS WELL AS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES.

Roger - September 5, 2008 12:25 AM

My son in Mineral Wells a "Pre-Parole transfer facility" in name only. It's a private facility owned by CCA. They never parole DWI offenders. As a matter of fact they never parole many offenders at all. They receive about 55 dollars per day per in-mate. Sparse and I do mean Sparse food portions. 2 Correctional Officers for 300 in-mates, you basically fend for yourself. OH least we forget the offenders put up with this inhumane treatment, because of contact visits, phones and A/C. If your in Mineral Wells do not look to be paroled. CCA owner needs every dime he can hoard. God will be his judge. There are gangs, drugs, riots, etc in this place. Someone needs to stop the violence in Mineral Wells. We pray our loved one get outs safe but sure counseling will be required and disability. What is wrong with TEXAS, rehab units instead of prison. Ann Richards, RIP, had it right. Oh is there a board of parole and pardons, didn't know that? Our loved one saw no one and got a slip of paper 4 months later stating denied parole. MINERAL WELLS AND CCA OWNER PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY PLACED IN YOUR HANDS. GOD WILL BE YOUR JUDGE. THAT WILL BE OUR JUSTICE.There are roaches as large as mice in that god-forsaken old building, God only knows what else, black mold, etc.The offenders are angry, they are model prisoners who have been denied parole 2 to 3 times. It does not take an idiot to figure this one out. I hope they shut this place down. I believe CCA owner has enough money in his wallet to survice. MY VETERAN family of many generations fought for this????? Wake up world, it can happen in a second and you and your family will be thrown in this nightmare. NO your not IMMMUNED to this. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.I used to think prison was where they sent bad people, but guess what accidents can happen, yes even to you and your family.TEXAS PRISONS NEEDS REFORM AS WELL AS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES.

Diana St Laurent - September 23, 2008 3:00 PM

This message is for Susie Proa ..
You wrote about a propossed bill the may be passed in 2008 reff mandatory release for parolees ! Can you please email me where you recieved this info ? I would like to read it. Thanks, dianastlaurent@yahoo.com

D Billiot - December 16, 2008 2:22 PM

Could you please send me some information on the 2008 law for Texas Mandatory Release for parolees. Could you please email me the information. Thanks! Sales@designercard.com

Cryze - January 12, 2009 6:16 PM

I too would like the information on the 2008 law for Texas Mandatory Release for parolees. cbwnryze@gmail.com Thank you!

angela - March 5, 2009 3:33 PM

i too am in the same boat my loved one went to court in jail on tenth of feb becouse of a sherrif who blattenly lied on the stand and when a detective got on the stand to prove he was lieing. he was'nt allowed to talk it was all thrown out even though the conversation took place during a investigation. now my loved one is serving eight years for some bully of a DA hopefully he'll beable to make parole in a year thats what we r hoping for at the least with good time andwork time he should come up

Belinda - March 12, 2009 12:01 PM

Texas parole system is in need of reorganization. The board of Pardons and parole seems to be it's own judge and jury. They have no one to answer to and in a democracy like ours where there is supposed to be checks and balances I see none when it come to the parole board in Texas. Tax payer's money is being wasted in large salaries to board memebers that stretched beyond their means of actually doing a descent job of each individual case. The average time spent on each case that comes up for parole review is 1 minute and 24 seconds. How can anyone give any consideration to any page of a file except the front page at that rate. Not only are the ones who have been rehabilitated not getting paroled but the ones who have NOT been rehabilitated are granted parole. One of my main concerns is that eventually every inmate who is elegible for a parole review (granted or not) in the Texas prisons WILL BE RELEASED evitually whether by parole or by serving all their time. WHY NOT FIND OUT WHICH ONES ARE TRUELY REHABILITATED and allow them to be out on parole where they can pay for their own rent, their own food, and their own taxes. The only way to fix the system is to have enough voices eduacting the public as well as govenment officials. Please join me in signing a petition for parole reform in Texas. http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?tcb123&1

Please go to the above link and read the petition and sign it if you agree.

Also write legislature. Write your government officials because even they have no clue how the parole proceedures work. Write news papers and talk to Television news stations. Email me if I can be of any assitance. Mirreflction@aol.com

r,schaal - May 15, 2009 10:44 AM

wow! i did 7 years and some at mineral wells.I was denide parole 5 times, got my g.e.d.took collage coruses. but NO PAROLE!!!good time work time and flat time got me out! I have been free ever sence. i got locked up in 1993, got out in 2000.now here it is 2009. and nothing has changed in texas.16 years letter.i fear 4 my life every day because I SEEN 4 MY SELF THE TRUE HELL.THEY CALL PRISON!!

r,schaal - May 15, 2009 10:45 AM

wow! i did 7 years and some at mineral wells.I was denide parole 5 times, got my g.e.d.took collage coruses. but NO PAROLE!!!good time work time and flat time got me out! I have been free ever sence. i got locked up in 1993, got out in 2000.now here it is 2009. and nothing has changed in texas.16 years letter.i fear 4 my life every day because I SEEN 4 MY SELF THE TRUE HELL.THEY CALL PRISON!!

Rainman - September 16, 2009 10:06 PM

I did 100% of my time from 96/01, it was 5 yrs of my life and my love one. I knew then if you had 10 yrs or less you would do 90% or all your time. I saw a lot of things inn there. Its not a prison system, its a business for Texas. Inmates do all the work inn there for free. (Yes, work for free with no pay or good time.) I saw parole only one time when I had 2 1/2 yrs done on my 5 yrs. I knew how parole play their games with inmates. To keep inmates in good behavior and work for free, is to sit them off for 2 to 3 yrs before the next parole date till you do 90% or all your time. Look inmates with a lot of time on they hand are not going to work at all for them. For what, they not going home sooner. Texas have over 100 units and more then 160,000 inmates. To really change the Texas prison system is to have the inmates stop working for them. Texas prisons can not run without the free labor from inmates who have 10 yrs or less. I know what I'm talking about I been there...All reply are welcome at (rainman19641964@netzero.net)

Jason - October 5, 2009 9:05 PM

I supposed most of these comments are from people that have either been in prison or that have loved ones in prison. I will be quite frank with you what exactly the problem is. It is money, and the fact that the people with money dont care about prisoners. It would take money to get things changed, and since I dont break the law and wind up in the pokey, I am not going to give one cent of my money to help people that are in there because I dont care about them. And so the cycle will continue. It is a fact that the majority of inmates are poor and their families and those that care for them are also dirt poor. So there is no money from those who do care to get things changed. Take a good piece of advice, work hard to get out of the rut, and stop %$#*ing up.

elena - November 17, 2009 12:54 PM

hello,
my son was an inter-state compact parolee in Texas From another state. I had to take him back last week because, the parole officer haunted him like a serial killer in the city of Kyle where were both were living together in the same house. When I left to return him back, the city of Kyle went into the house without a warrant for surge and seizure. They never served the gardener with any papers for search and search. The gardener was threated by the city police and staff and handcuffed and interogated without a attorney. I understand that my son being on parole is subject to a search and seizure but, I never signed any document giving up my civil rights. can anybody help?

Marie Billiot - January 3, 2010 5:45 PM

My brother was convicted of aggravated assult . He got 25-life.The victim wrote a letter stating that she lied . She said she was sorry to our family ,that she didnt realize what she had done to him til that day in court . We turned the letter in to the courts and yet he has been sitting in prison for 12 years now .In December he saw a parole officer and is waiting to hear if he will be paroled . Sad to say Im not holding my breath . Justice really means just us. Like I've read it gives someone a job . My brother said if he didnt take it upon his self to rehablitate his self , there is no rehab where he is . I do know now there are probably alot of innocent people sitting in prison wasting life . Money cant give you back the years you lost . Its a sorry justice system .

lisapuente - March 23, 2010 2:34 PM

i had question about someone that i love he has been up for parole serve time but not made it always denied he n there for shooting some one n that person die he has been there for over or between 15n18yrs do u know how can i help him

lisapuente - March 23, 2010 2:35 PM

i had question about someone that i love he has been up for parole serve time but not made it always denied he n there for shooting some one n that person die he has been there for over or between 15n18yrs do u know how can i help him

Smorgan - May 3, 2010 4:36 PM

The system

rachael - June 4, 2010 12:52 PM

tryn to see if u could help my kids father . be realasd.he was told by parole he was getting out and the sent him to huntsville to await the realease the next day then changed their minds .and said no.that he wasnt going home.he has been in there passed hes time

loui frankel - July 10, 2010 5:49 PM

Texas parole is designed to keep the system at a monetary-making level, where those who have investments or stocks in the Texas prison system will benefit from locking people up. The system takes away certain rights from the ex-felons and create rules and regulations of parole that are designed to send a parolee back into the ever revolving prison system. The State takes away some of their rights as a citizen, so why not take away that right to pay the State taxes? On another note, when it's time to make parole they make you sign and agree to terms and conditions that are designed to send a parolee back. And they sign this contract of parole under duress, which legally makes the contract void. But you can't get help from the State politians because a majority of them have investments and stocks in the prison industry.

rosa narvaez - July 24, 2010 12:51 AM

i need to know more about mandatory release program

delia - October 17, 2010 8:10 PM

my son was sent to an isf private facility in henderson texas for a sentence of 60 to 90 days and was released after 95 days on the 13th of october. on the 14th of october went to report to parole as instructed. on that day they found out that the facility did not give him his psyhc meds before he left because he is on an injection every two weeks. yes he has a mental disability. so the parole dept. decided to issue a warrant for his arrest for a parole violation for not taking his meds. he now sits in the harris county jail for violating his parole and he was to discharge from parole on the 20th of octoer is there someone out there that can help me i am also on disability and can't really afford an attorney....please i am desperate...help me help him

trish - January 2, 2011 4:42 PM

trying to find out procedure for release once fi 1 status has been given as granted.who determines the actual date of release: austin parole board, unit parole officer, tdcj in huntsville? im confused!!!!where/how will i know when actual release date is set? can i get this info or is it only available to offender? thank you

yogi - January 29, 2011 5:11 PM

The reason the sentences are long and parole is slow is because TDC has factories and free labor.

Anne Marshall - March 12, 2011 8:56 AM

Would you believe the warden at the Bradshaw unit wears a ankle braclet for DWI's. Shows up in the unit drunk on a regular basis. This unit is full of "convicts" convicted of DUI's. Go figure.

Belem Zurita - May 6, 2011 6:19 PM

my nephew was sentenced to 40 years because he broke the parole four times, the judge sentencing him 10 years for everytime he broke his parole. he is 28 years and he is going to be out at the age of 60 only for robbery. we need to start written to senators and goverment. It is time that:every case has to be review not in two seconds but throughly, because they are humans too.

bigcheyenne - May 23, 2011 9:08 PM

I NEED TO KNOW IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE OR HAS HAD A TEENAGE BOY GET INTO TROUBLE FOR HAVING CONCENTUAL SEX WITH A GIRL NOT KNOWING HOW OLD SHE WAS?THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A EPEDEMIC OF YOUNG MEN GOING TO PRISON BECAUSE OF THIS REASON.I DON'T CONDONE THIS BEHAVIOR,I JUST DON'T THINK THE PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME.EVERYONE THAT HAS TEENAGERS NEED TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT SUBSTAING FROM HAVING SEX OR @LEAST KNOW THE LAWS IN THE STATE THEY LIVE IN OR EVEN VISIT.MY 18YR OLD SON GOT 6YRS FOR HAVING SEX WITH A 15YR OLD GIRL THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH.HE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD.NOW HAD I NOT TOLD U HER AGE U COULD EASILY ASSUME THE 'CHILD' WAS 2MOS OLD,3YRS OLD ETC.THERE IS A DIRE NEED FOR CHANGES IN THIS LAW .A 15YR.OLD IS NOT A CHILD,THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERED A YOUNG ADULT IN MOST CASES. .. .HE NOW HAS TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE,HE CAN'T GO WITHIN 50FT.OF SCHOOLS,PLAYGROUNDS,ANY WHERE THERE ARE KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 18YRS.OLD. HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE IN APTS WHERE KIDS LIVE,CAN;T BE ALONE WITH HIS OWN FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.HE WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO ANY COLLEGE IF THEY SAY NO.THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH SHUT DOWN IN THERE LIVES BEFORE THEY EVEN GET A CHANCE TO LIVE.MY HEART BREAKS FOR THESE YOUNG MEN THAT ARE SO TRULY DE-HUMANIZED.THEY ARE DENIED ACCESS TO VOTING AND TO PUT IT BLANTLY THEY ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED A CITIZEN OF THESE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.I WUD LUV TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ON THIS MATTER....

bigcheyenne - May 23, 2011 9:09 PM

I NEED TO KNOW IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE OR HAS HAD A TEENAGE BOY GET INTO TROUBLE FOR HAVING CONCENTUAL SEX WITH A GIRL NOT KNOWING HOW OLD SHE WAS?THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A EPEDEMIC OF YOUNG MEN GOING TO PRISON BECAUSE OF THIS REASON.I DON'T CONDONE THIS BEHAVIOR,I JUST DON'T THINK THE PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME.EVERYONE THAT HAS TEENAGERS NEED TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT SUBSTAING FROM HAVING SEX OR @LEAST KNOW THE LAWS IN THE STATE THEY LIVE IN OR EVEN VISIT.MY 18YR OLD SON GOT 6YRS FOR HAVING SEX WITH A 15YR OLD GIRL THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH.HE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD.NOW HAD I NOT TOLD U HER AGE U COULD EASILY ASSUME THE 'CHILD' WAS 2MOS OLD,3YRS OLD ETC.THERE IS A DIRE NEED FOR CHANGES IN THIS LAW .A 15YR.OLD IS NOT A CHILD,THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERED A YOUNG ADULT IN MOST CASES. .. .HE NOW HAS TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE,HE CAN'T GO WITHIN 50FT.OF SCHOOLS,PLAYGROUNDS,ANY WHERE THERE ARE KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 18YRS.OLD. HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE IN APTS WHERE KIDS LIVE,CAN;T BE ALONE WITH HIS OWN FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.HE WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO ANY COLLEGE IF THEY SAY NO.THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH SHUT DOWN IN THERE LIVES BEFORE THEY EVEN GET A CHANCE TO LIVE.MY HEART BREAKS FOR THESE YOUNG MEN THAT ARE SO TRULY DE-HUMANIZED.THEY ARE DENIED ACCESS TO VOTING AND TO PUT IT BLANTLY THEY ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED A CITIZEN OF THESE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.I WUD LUV TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ON THIS MATTER....

bigcheyenne - May 23, 2011 9:09 PM

I NEED TO KNOW IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE OR HAS HAD A TEENAGE BOY GET INTO TROUBLE FOR HAVING CONCENTUAL SEX WITH A GIRL NOT KNOWING HOW OLD SHE WAS?THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A EPEDEMIC OF YOUNG MEN GOING TO PRISON BECAUSE OF THIS REASON.I DON'T CONDONE THIS BEHAVIOR,I JUST DON'T THINK THE PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME.EVERYONE THAT HAS TEENAGERS NEED TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT SUBSTAING FROM HAVING SEX OR @LEAST KNOW THE LAWS IN THE STATE THEY LIVE IN OR EVEN VISIT.MY 18YR OLD SON GOT 6YRS FOR HAVING SEX WITH A 15YR OLD GIRL THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH.HE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD.NOW HAD I NOT TOLD U HER AGE U COULD EASILY ASSUME THE 'CHILD' WAS 2MOS OLD,3YRS OLD ETC.THERE IS A DIRE NEED FOR CHANGES IN THIS LAW .A 15YR.OLD IS NOT A CHILD,THEY WOULD BE CONSIDERED A YOUNG ADULT IN MOST CASES. .. .HE NOW HAS TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE,HE CAN'T GO WITHIN 50FT.OF SCHOOLS,PLAYGROUNDS,ANY WHERE THERE ARE KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 18YRS.OLD. HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE IN APTS WHERE KIDS LIVE,CAN;T BE ALONE WITH HIS OWN FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.HE WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO ANY COLLEGE IF THEY SAY NO.THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH SHUT DOWN IN THERE LIVES BEFORE THEY EVEN GET A CHANCE TO LIVE.MY HEART BREAKS FOR THESE YOUNG MEN THAT ARE SO TRULY DE-HUMANIZED.THEY ARE DENIED ACCESS TO VOTING AND TO PUT IT BLANTLY THEY ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED A CITIZEN OF THESE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.I WUD LUV TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ON THIS MATTER....

Eliza Winters - November 30, 2011 10:58 AM

The parole process can be very difficult. I think it is almost necessary to have an appeal lawyer to help walk you through it. There is a lot of fine print in the legal system and if you try to do it on your own, it's easy to get in over your head.

Peazy - December 14, 2011 1:10 PM

Dear bigcheyenne,

I am sorry to hear about your son. This is happening to many young men. In this day and age people need to ask to see birth certificates or make arrangements to talk to parents. Girls today are very mature in body. My granddaughter is 11 and she looks like she is 14. What I suggest you do is research states that may allow someone with his charge to come off the registery. I know a guy who been convicted of attempted rape in certain states after 10 years he can come off the registery. God Bless

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