Introduction to the Parole Review Process
Supporting your loved-one through the parole review process can be confusing, stressful, and very frustrating. The Board of Pardons and Paroles Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is vast and complex. It has extensive and complicated rules that govern the parole review process, to say nothing of how to present an effective case for parole. The most important asset to have at your disposal when navigating this system is an advocate—a skilled, experienced professional well-versed in presenting a strong case for parole. Stephen P. Karns is that advocate—he is an experienced, aggressive attorney who has a passion for championing the rights of his clients.
Mr. Karns’ Philosophy regarding his role in the Parole Review Process
Mr. Karns’ military background gives him an effective outlook on the parole system. He employs a practical approach in presenting a Client’s case to the Parole Board—an approach the Parole Commissioners themselves have informed Mr. Karns they appreciate. His mission is to present a direct, clear, and effective argument which persuades the Board to parole the Client. As an effective advocate, Mr. Karns knows that the goal of his presentation is simple—give the Parole Board relevant, compelling reasons to vote "yes!" The chief elements in a successful presentation will consist of the following:
- A concise, relevant, organized, and eye-pleasing presentation of the client’s positive and redeeming qualifications for parole;
- Honestly addressing the client’s mistakes and neutralizing any lingering negative consequences by presenting mitigating circumstances and rehabilitative efforts;
- Demonstrating how the client takes responsibility for his actions and has the "right" attitude and perspective in order to succeed while on parole;
- Evidencing a comprehensive support system of family, friends, professional counseling (if available), and spiritual guidance; AND
- Clearly mapping out plans for employment, housing, and transportation upon release.
Services provided in the Parole Review Process
Mr. Karns serves clients and their families with regard to nearly all aspects of counseling and legal representation in the parole review process, including:
- Review of the Client’s original case, as it impacts his or her case for parole;
- Review of the Client’s prison record and confirmation of his eligibility;
- Contact and consultation with the Client’s family and friends for the purpose of organizing and presenting a successful support system;
- Organize, develop, and publish a "parole packet" to be presented to the Board; and
- Request an in-person or telephonic interview with the lead-reviewer in the case.
* Past results achieved are not a guarantee of future results. Each case is unique and reference must be made to the specific legal and factual circumstances presented.