Letter from William P. Clements to Ms. Connie Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, January 17, 1980
Letter from William P. Clements to Ms. Connie Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, January 17, 1980. Regarding the processes of determining eligibility for parole.
Clements, William P., 1917-2011
"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
General Counsel | 1st term
Texas State library and archives commission
Criminal Justice Reform
Clements Texas Papers
WILLIAM P. CLEMENTS, JR. GOVERNOR OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE CAPITOL AUSTIN, TEXAS 38711 January 17, 1980 Ms. Connie Jackson, Chairman Board of Pardons and Paroles 711 Stephen F. Austin Building Austin, Texas 78711 Dear Ms. Jackson: In an effort to determine an inmate's suitability for parole and his subsequent ability to function under parole supervision, any valid input to us in this decision making process would be beneficial. Further, I understand that in the past, Institutional Parole Officers who inter- viewed an inmate were allowed to offer their feelings, concerns, and recommendations regarding that inmate's chances of successfully complet- ing parole. I notice that these recommendations are no longer being made. I would like to see this practice of Institutional Parole Officers actively participating in the parole process reinstated. These employees appear fully competent to express an opinion, and although we may disagree with their statement, it is our obligation to society to be fully informed as to each inmate's potential should he or she be paroled. I believe this improved use of professionally trained individuals would directly benefit the State. It appears strange to me that the recommendations of family members and hired attorneys are welcome, but those of a person trained in the behavioral sciences and who have an opportunity to observe and are in a position to know what changes in behavior have occurred are not welcome. I would appreciate your comments on this matter and look forward to any suggestions that you might have to improve the parole selection process in Texas. Very truly yours, £tilTiam P. Clements, Jr. Governor WPCJr:msm