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Relating to the early release from supervision of certain persons released on parole or to mandatory supervision.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1753 would make parolees eligible for early release from supervision if they have served the lesser of one-half of the time that remained on their sentence when they were released from imprisonment or 10 years. All other existing behavior related requirements would remain in place.
Texas Action supports HB 1753 because it supports the principles of limited government and personal responsibility. The bill allows parolees with extraordinarily long parole terms (where half of the time remaining on their sentence is greater than 10 years) to be released from supervision early if they have complied with the requirements for certain lengths of times.
This allows the professionals who deal with offenders more leeway to determine if the parolee is a danger to society or can be let off supervision. This saves the government money by allowing qualified parolees who are not a danger to society to be released from supervision, creates incentives for parolees to strictly comply with the terms of parole, and enhances individual liberty by allowing a mechanism for earlier full re-integration into society.