In Texas, the law allows members of the public to check the current status of an individual released from prison on parole. Although there are web portals for searches related to criminal offender status, for parole inquiries, the primary method is to place a telephone call or send an e-mail to the appropriate agency.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the state agency responsible for administering the prison system and paroles. An offender who has been paroled remains under supervision and can be tracked through the TDCJ by the general public. For parole review status, call (844) 512-0461 for the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Austin, which is open 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. The Huntsville agency also has information on offender location. For info on release status after parole has been granted, call (512) 406‑5202 for the TDCJ Parole Division in Austin.
For information on a parolee, you'll need their name, TDCJ number or State Identification Number. Without the identification numbers, a date of birth along with name may allow the department to find the requested information. Inquiries on parole supervision, parolee location and parolee conduct can also be done via an e-mail inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the parolee data given in the subject line. General questions on the parole process should be addressed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles via e-mail to email@example.com.
Tipsters and Absconders
The TDCJ accepts tips from the public on absconders who have ceased contact with parole officers and vanished from the state's criminal justice system. By calling the tip line at (866) 680-6667, you can reach the Warrants Section Command Center and provide information anonymously. The tip line is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
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