Tex. Gov't Code Section 508.145
Eligibility for Release on Parole; Computation of Parole Eligibility Date


(a)

An inmate is not eligible for release on parole if the inmate is under sentence of death, serving a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, or serving a sentence for any of the following offenses under the Penal Code:

(1)

Section 20A.03 (Continuous Trafficking of Persons), if the offense is based partly or wholly on conduct constituting an offense under Section 20A.02 (Trafficking of Persons)(a)(5), (6), (7), or (8);

(2)

Section 21.02 (Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Disabled Individual); or

(3)

Section 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault), if the offense is punishable under Subsection (f) of that section.

(a)

An inmate is not eligible for release on parole if the inmate is under sentence of death, serving a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, or serving a sentence for any of the following offenses under the Penal Code:

(1)

Section 20A.03 (Continuous Trafficking of Persons), if the offense is based partly or wholly on conduct constituting an offense under Section 20A.02 (Trafficking of Persons)(a)(5), (6), (7), or (8);

(2)

Section 21.02 (Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Disabled Individual);

(3)

Section 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault), if the offense is punishable under Subsection (f) of that section; or

(4)

Section 51.03 (Illegal Reentry by Certain Aliens) or 51.04 (Refusal to Comply with Order to Return to Foreign Nation).

(b)

An inmate serving a life sentence under Section 12.31 (Capital Felony)(a)(1), Penal Code, for a capital felony is not eligible for release on parole until the actual calendar time the inmate has served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals 40 calendar years.

(c)

An inmate serving a sentence under Section 12.42 (Penalties for Repeat and Habitual Felony Offenders on Trial for First, Second, or Third Degree Felony)(c)(2), Penal Code, is not eligible for release on parole until the actual calendar time the inmate has served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals 35 calendar years.

(c-1)

(1) Except as provided by Subdivision (2), an inmate serving a sentence for an offense under Section 20A.02 (Trafficking of Persons)(a)(5), (6), (7), or (8), Penal Code, is not eligible for release on parole.

(2)

An inmate serving a sentence for an offense described by Subdivision (1) for which the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding under Article 42.01991 (Finding Regarding Agreement on Parole Eligibility for Certain Defendants), Code of Criminal Procedure, is not eligible for release on parole until the inmate’s actual calendar time served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals one-half of the sentence or 30 calendar years, whichever is less, but in no event is the inmate eligible for release on parole in less than two calendar years.

(d)

(1) This subsection applies only to an inmate who is serving a sentence for:

(A)

an offense described by Article 42A.054 (Limitation on Judge-ordered Community Supervision)(a), Code of Criminal Procedure, other than an offense under Section 19.03 (Capital Murder), Penal Code, or an offense under Chapter 20A (Trafficking of Persons), Penal Code, that is described by Subsection (a)(1) or (c-1)(1);

(B)

an offense for which the judgment contains an affirmative finding under Article 42A.054 (Limitation on Judge-ordered Community Supervision)(c) or (d), Code of Criminal Procedure; or

(C)

an offense under Section 71.02 (Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity) or 71.023 (Directing Activities of Criminal Street Gangs or Foreign Terrorist Organizations), Penal Code.

(2)

An inmate described by Subdivision (1) is not eligible for release on parole until the inmate’s actual calendar time served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals one-half of the sentence or 30 calendar years, whichever is less, but in no event is the inmate eligible for release on parole in less than two calendar years.

(3)

Notwithstanding Subdivision (2), an inmate who is serving a sentence for an offense under Section 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault), Penal Code, is not eligible for release on parole if the inmate is serving a sentence for an offense for which punishment was enhanced under Section 12.42 (Penalties for Repeat and Habitual Felony Offenders on Trial for First, Second, or Third Degree Felony)(c)(4), Penal Code.

(d-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (d), for every 12 months that elapse between the date an arrest warrant is issued for the inmate following an indictment for the offense and the date the inmate is arrested for the offense, the earliest date on which an inmate is eligible for parole is delayed by three years from the date otherwise provided by Subsection (d), if the inmate is serving a sentence for an offense under Section 19.02 (Murder), 22.011 (Sexual Assault), or 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault), Penal Code.

(e)

An inmate serving a sentence for which the punishment is increased under Section 481.134 (Drug-free Zones), Health and Safety Code, is not eligible for release on parole until the inmate’s actual calendar time served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals five years or the term to which the inmate was sentenced, whichever is less.

(f)

Except as provided by Section 508.146, any other inmate is eligible for release on parole when the inmate’s actual calendar time served plus good conduct time equals one-fourth of the sentence imposed or 15 years, whichever is less.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 12.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 10.21, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 787 (S.B. 60), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 787 (S.B. 60), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 405 (S.B. 877), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (H.B. 8), Sec. 1.10, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 146 (S.B. 1832), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 765 (S.B. 839), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1400 (H.B. 221), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 122 (H.B. 3000), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1119 (H.B. 3), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 126 (S.B. 727), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1252 (H.B. 8), Sec. 13, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1325 (S.B. 549), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 770 (H.B. 2299), Sec. 2.51, eff. January 1, 2017.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 632 (H.B. 465), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2021.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 632 (H.B. 465), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2021.
Acts 2023, 88th Leg., 4th C.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 4), Sec. 6, eff. March 5, 2024.

Source: Section 508.145 — Eligibility for Release on Parole; Computation of Parole Eligibility Date, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.­508.­htm#508.­145 (accessed Feb. 22, 2024).

508.001
Definitions
508.002
Clemency, Commutation Distinguished
508.003
Inapplicable to Juveniles and Certain Inmates
508.031
Composition of Board
508.032
Requirements for Membership
508.033
Disqualifications
508.034
Grounds for Removal
508.035
Presiding Officer
508.036
General Administrative Duties
508.037
Terms
508.038
Vacancies
508.039
Compensation
508.040
Personnel
508.041
Designee Training
508.042
Training Program for Members and Parole Commissioners
508.043
Gifts and Grants
508.044
Powers and Duties of Board
508.045
Parole Panels
508.046
Extraordinary Vote Required
508.047
Meetings
508.048
Subpoenas
508.049
Mission Statement
508.050
Report to Governor
508.051
Sunset Provision
508.052
Computers
508.053
Use of Technology
508.054
Records of Complaints
508.055
Negotiated Rulemaking and Alternative Dispute Resolution
508.081
Definitions
508.082
Rules
508.083
Eligibility to Represent Inmates
508.084
Fee Affidavit
508.085
Representation Summary Form
508.086
Criminal Penalties
508.111
Director
508.112
Duty of Division
508.113
Parole Officers, Supervisors: Qualifications
508.114
Parole Officers, Supervisors: Additional Duties
508.115
Notification of Release of Inmate
508.116
Parole Information Program
508.117
Victim Notification
508.118
Halfway Houses
508.119
Community Residential Facilities
508.141
Authority to Consider and Order Release on Parole
508.142
Period of Parole
508.143
Legal Custody of Releasee
508.144
Parole Guidelines and Range of Recommended Parole Approval Rates
508.145
Eligibility for Release on Parole
508.146
Medically Recommended Intensive Supervision
508.147
Release to Mandatory Supervision
508.148
Period of Mandatory Supervision
508.149
Inmates Ineligible for Mandatory Supervision
508.150
Consecutive Felony Sentences
508.151
Presumptive Parole Date
508.152
Individual Treatment Plan
508.153
Statements of Victim
508.154
Contract on Release
508.155
Completion of Parole Period
508.156
Determinate Sentence Parole
508.157
Temporary Housing on Release
508.171
Applicability
508.172
Alternative Housing Program
508.173
Information Regarding Alternative Housing
508.181
Residence During Release
508.182
Parole Supervision Fee
508.183
Educational Skill Level
508.184
Controlled Substance Testing
508.185
Substance Abuse Treatment
508.186
Sex Offender Registration
508.187
Child Safety Zone
508.188
Community Service for Certain Releasees
508.189
Parole Fee for Certain Releasees
508.190
Avoiding Victim of Stalking Offense
508.191
No Contact with Victim
508.192
Reentry into the United States Prohibited
508.221
Conditions Permitted Generally
508.222
Payment of Certain Damages
508.223
Psychological Counseling
508.224
Substance Abuse Counseling
508.225
Child Safety Zone
508.226
Orchiectomy as Condition Prohibited
508.227
Electronic Monitoring of Certain Members of Criminal Street Gang
508.228
Sex Offender Treatment
508.251
Issuance of Warrant or Summons
508.252
Grounds for Issuance of Warrant or Summons
508.253
Effect on Sentence After Issuance of Warrant
508.254
Detention Under Warrant
508.255
Status as Fugitive from Justice
508.256
Withdrawal of Warrant
508.281
Hearing
508.282
Deadlines
508.283
Sanctions
508.284
Transfer Pending Revocation Hearing
508.311
Duty to Provide Information
508.312
Information on Recidivism of Releasees
508.313
Confidential Information
508.314
Access to Inmates
508.315
Electronic Monitoring Programs
508.316
Special Programs
508.317
Intensive Supervision Program
508.318
Continuing Education Program
508.319
Program to Assess and Enhance Educational and Vocational Skills
508.320
Contracts for Lease of Federal Facilities
508.321
Reporting, Management, and Collection Services
508.322
Releasee Restitution Fund
508.323
Audit
508.324
Victim-offender Mediation
508.0362
Training Required
508.0441
Release and Revocation Duties
508.0481
Victim’s Right to Representation
508.1131
Salary Career Ladder for Parole Officers
508.1141
Specialized Training
508.1142
Parole Officer Maximum Caseloads
508.1411
Notification of Parole Panel Decision
508.1445
Annual Report on Guidelines Required
508.1455
Early Release on Parole for Certain Inmates Required to Participate in Educational and Vocational Training Pilot Program
508.1471
Release to Mandatory Supervision of Certain Inmates Confined in County Jail
508.1531
Contact with Victim
508.1555
Procedure for the Early Release from Supervision of Certain Releasees
508.1861
Prohibitions on Internet Access for Certain Sex Offenders
508.1862
Sex Offender Treatment
508.1864
Notification to Department of Public Safety and Licensing Authority
508.2811
Preliminary Hearing

Accessed:
Feb. 22, 2024

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