Despite aggressive prosecution of drug crimes in Texas, an arrest and conviction
on drug charges does not always that a defendant be locked up for the
rest of his life. Possession of drugs can result in a number of different
sentences, and the result can often depend largely on the legal representation
an arrestee has.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles reported that in the past year Texas
has granting parole more often, granting it more frequently than in any
other year in the past decade. Thirty-one percent of all who applied for
parole in the state were approved, which is 6 percent higher than a decade
ago. Moreover, fewer parolees are being sent back to prison for alleged
State officials say that the change is a positive one and it means that
more offenders are returning to normal lives more quickly. Officials also
explain that while they are trying to change more lives for low-level
offenders and locking up dangerous violent offenders for longer periods of time.
Non-violent offenders may benefit from increased parole approval and can
face several different types of sentences other than terms in jail. Alternative
sentences include suspension, probation, fines, restitution and community service.
Because of the wide range of possibilities for sentencing in the context
of criminal convictions, an aggressive defense can mean the difference
between many years behind bars, or a more beneficial alternative sentence.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Texas says rise in paroles gives state bragging
rights," Cindy Horswell, Aug. 15, 2012
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