Chuck Lindell wrote an excellent piece recently in the Austin American Statesman:“For prison inmate a "not guilty" verdict did not mean freedom; State parole system can trump a jury’s verdict with its own.”

In it, he highlights one of the biggest problems with Texas’ parole system: parolees sent back to prison after being acquitted of new charges against them.

Texas criminal defense attorneys are used to this, but it shocks most folks that find themselves caught up in Texas’ parole system.

Let’s start with the legal basis for it. A “Not Guilty” verdict means that the jury has found that the State failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. While there’s no exact percentage assignable to that burden of prove, it is undoubtedly higher than the “preponderance of the evidence” standard used in parole hearings.

So let’s say theoretically that a Not Guilty verdict meant that the jury didn’t believe that the State showed them a 95% certainty that a parolee was guilty of a new offense. That doesn’t legally preclude the Parole Board from determining that he is probably, or more likely than 50% guilty of it. (Never mind for now that some juries set awfully low standards for “beyond a reasonable doubt”.) 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has consistently upheld the backwards logic that allows the Parole Board to revoke acquitted and possibly actually innocent defendants. From a purely mathematical standpoint, the Court is correct that a jury verdict of not guilty doesn’t meet the necessary requirements of “collateral estoppel” and that the parolee can be revoked and sent back to prison.

But this should offend our collective notions of justice. The blogosphere has picked up this story and run with it. For other law blog commentary on this particular case see: Houston’s Clear Thinkers, TalkLeft, Eye Witness Identification Reform, Right Voices, Later On, Legal Juice, DebsWeb, All That In Our World.


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  • daisy benitez

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  • Christina Wells

    My husband was on parole for theft, and had been home doing well for several years. He has a decent job, pays bills, takes care of responsibility. His parole office at the time even told his dad, that she was considering putting in for him to get off early.Shortly after that comment he was at a waterpark in NewBraunfels,and was taken to jail for what was said that he suppose to have grabbed two boys in
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    was demanding a plea. My husband did not understand everything, and thought that by plea of no contest it meant he was free to go back to normal parole. He did not understand it was as if he was saying may be guilty but dont want to be sent back to prison. He went through 5 months of ISF and has now been in an offenders class 3 yrs.
    He is not even on the registery, and was told it would not be this long by the program director. They take weekly moneys, and they take moneys anytime he fails to do things according to the directors wishes. He does everything he is told, and tries to abide by her wishes. We even hired Gary Cohen who is said to be the best fighter against the parole board, and got NOWHERE but a His hands are tied, and the did not accept for husband to be back on regular parole again.
    This case never went to court, we had tons of letters written on my husbands behalf on his character etc. And yet here 4 yrs out from the incident, and playing the same old games. I would appreciate in help, comments, or ideas of what we may be able to do.
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    Christina Wells Wimberley Texas

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  • Jody


    I ask Ms. Garcia if she had ever bothered to read my brothers file, she answered no but she knew he had been convicted of murder. Well Involuntary Manslaughter and Murder have a different definition; I also ask if she knew what any of the circumstances were she said no but she was sure he had committed a crime. Well that was a given because he was incarcerated, but that is not the complete truth, there was evidence submitted that was always questionable and now the truth is finally going to come out. With the five (5) attorneys working on the misconduct of the Houston Crime Lab over twenty-one individuals may finally have their justice and my brother is going to be one of them. Yes he will be out before it ever goes back to court and how do you give someone twenty (20) years of their life back, there is no easy answer.

    My brother DID NOT commit another crime he came back on a dirty UA, I am not sure what it is going to take for someone, anyone to understand this. Senate Bill 909
    **Section 39(b)requires the Board to produce a written statement rather than a brief statement why guidelines were not followed if they deny parole. In other words, NO MORE MAY HAVE A WEAPON, MAY POSE A THREAT TO SOCIETY, ETC. They must give a specific reason for each individual parole consideration as of September 1, 2007. THIS IS NOW THE LAW
    **Section 39…**requires the parole board to ensure that the guidelines required consideration of an inmate’s progress in any programs in which the inmate participated during the inmate’s term of confinement; you did that.

    **requires a parole board member or commissioner to produce a written statement rather than a brief written statement describing in detail the specific circumstances regarding the departure from the guidelines and provide a copy of the statement to the inmate if a parole board member or commissions deviates from the guidelines in voting on a parole decision.

    He has done everything he has been ask to do, he has never had a case while incarcerated, in all the 23 years he has been there. Yes when he got out he back slid far, but as I said last year what does someone expect of an individual that has been locked up for 20 years and been given “no” form of rehabilitation. It was not until he had to pay the ultimate price of going back to prison that he finally got some of what he needed to be able to stand alone and survive in the free world.

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  • r.zephyn

    is there a law that an offender can not be revoked. just for not reporting? And what if he does nt report but stays out of trouble untill his parole is over?

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  • AAron Sloan

    I am now on Parole and have been for some 3 years. Up until a couple months ago, I received home visits every 3 months. I had also been released to travel to Louisiana for close to 30 days if not 30 days at a time. Now Ms Johnnie Brooks, my Parole Officer informed me I have to have two home visits a month and one Office Visit. Why after all the time I have been released does this happen. I am a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and deliver food 5 days a week for the Senior Citizens Center of Houston County. A lady that is also on Parole and has her as a Parole Officer has been on Parole for 6 years or so and she now also has the same restrictions and I. She is trying her best to be transfered to another Parole Officer as I. I do intend on writing the Parole Board and explaining the facts concerning my Charged Offense, leaving an accident, and the now new restrictions now placed on me a Parolee.

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  • Как выбрать древесину
    Бытует мнение, что для достижения лучших качественных характеристик деревянного дома непременно нужно использовать так называемый «зимний лес». Так ли это?
    Теоретически, древесина, заготовленная в зимний период, более приемлема для строительства. Готовясь к суровому времени года, дерево через корни сбрасывает излишек влаги (кстати, и листопад способствует той же цели), следовательно, «зимняя» древесина имеет меньшую влажность по сравнению с древесиной, заготовленной летом. Более того, поскольку зимний лес заготавливается, перевозится, хранится и обрабатывается в условиях «природного холодильника», это обеспечивает еще одно важное для строительной древесины качество – большую устойчивость к биопоражениям. Дерево, срубленное зимой, несмотря на то, что оно тоже подвергается атмосферным осадкам, долго остается чистым и светлым.

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    Однако некоторые строители загородных домов считают, что практика не всегда подтверждает теорию и «зимняя» древесина – не панацея. Встречаются дома, которые вообще не имеют недостатков так называемой «летней» древесины, и есть дома из «зимней» древесины, которые не выдерживают никакой критики.

    В регионах со значительными перепадами температур, многократными переходами через ноль и обратно важна не столько древесина сама по себе, сколько быстрое выполнение цикла строительства под крышу. В Ленинградской области в 2004 году за осенне-зимний сезон температура прошла через ноль шесть раз, а это означает, что для строительных конструкций «прошло» шесть лет. Можно представить, как негативно такие скачки температуры сказались на качестве древесины, даже той, которая была заготовлена в зимний период.

    Нужно помнить, что древесина – продукция быстро портящаяся. Даже «зимний» лес, если оставить его на делянке неокоренным, не проантисептировать и додержать до середины лета, будет подвержен биопоражениям и наберет влагу. Поэтому, если какая-либо фирма декларирует, что круглый год рубит дома из зимней древесины, – это очень серьезное заявление. Это означает, что фирма обладает большим складом, что все заготовленное зимой штабелируется и проводятся все необходимые мероприятия по сохранению древесины.

    Каким образом можно узнать, что древесина заготовлена именно зимой. На самом деле гарантий нет никаких, ведь российская древесина не маркируется и, как правило, не имеет сертификатов. Если вы все же хотите купить древесину непременно зимней рубки, то специалисты рекомендуют размещать заказ на строительство дома в феврале. По той причине, что с ноября по февраль все то, что было заготовлено летом и весной, со складов выбирается. Заказывая строительство дома в феврале, вы автоматически «попадаете» на зимний лес.

    Какой породе отдать предпочтение? В деревянном строительстве используются хвойные породы деревьев, каждая из которых имеет свои особенности. Считается, что для строительства хороша карельская сосна, однако только специалист может отличить сосну карельскую от сосны обыкновенной по особому рисунку годовых колец. Хороша также лиственница, но это дорогой строительный материал. Некоторые специалисты считают, что в настоящее время, когда имеются широкие возможности антисептической обработки, разница между сосной и лиственницей практически стирается.

    Свои преимущества у ели – это наиболее дышащая порода, и деревянный дом из нее получается самым «деревянным». Тем не менее, ель реже используется при строительстве домов, потому что бревна сложно отобрать по качеству – слишком много в ней нездоровых сучков.

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  • Can anyone tell me about the prison called Allred Unit ,Iowa Park. Texas.76367
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  • Can anyone tell me about the prison called Allred Unit ,Iowa Park. Texas.76367
    I have a grandson there and he needs some pen pals.
    write to. Ronnie Rinehart 1242414 Allred Unit 2101 FM. 369 North
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  • Can anyone tell me about the prison called Allred Unit ,Iowa Park. Texas.76367
    I have a grandson there and he needs some pen pals.
    write to. Ronnie Rinehart 1242414 Allred Unit 2101 FM. 369 North
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  • Thomas Rodriguez

    I am searching for names of the attorney’s that have filed suit in Federal Court against the Texas Parole Board for their strongarm dealing’s of those either convicted of sex offenses or never have been convicted of such crimes. I may be in need of an attorney.

  • Natalie Gonzales

    My husband was on parole and would of completed it in Feb. Well @ Dec he was with alot of the wrong people and pick up a charge for something he didn’t do. and the person we all know who did the crime is out and my husband now is going on 5months with a blue warrant with no one to prove his innocence.Please anyone help me..he was working and living a beautiful life with our children..I want him home so bad.