Today I received the following e mail from the VINE victims notification services which keeps me informed about anything to do with my son’s legal status, coming up for parole, or a new charge or anything else to do with his criminal records. A while back I was notified that he had had a bench warrant issued in the county in which he is currently housed in prison..I never was able to track down what it was for though, and I don’t guess it really matters, but was glad to k now it was picked up and sent to me, so that he is not going to be released without me knowing about it.
VINE is a national program that anyone who has an offender in prison or parole that they are afraid of can be notified, you don’t have to be listed as an official “victim” of their crimes. All you have to do is contact them and the links, addresses, and phone numbers are in the e mail.
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From: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE VICTIM SERVICES DIVISION <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM
Subject: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division Notification VS-02
RE: Offender ALEXANDER, WILLIAM, State ID# 04213984, TDCJ# 00655687
VINE No. (877) 894-8463
According to Texas law, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Parole Division is currently processing this offender’s case for review by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The review process began on 8/6/2013 and is normally completed within four to six months. This review does not mean the offender will be granted parole, as each release must be approved by a Board panel. As soon as the Board has reached a decision, we will notify you.
We acknowledge how difficult it may be for you to write about the effects of this crime, but you are welcome to submit any letters, newspaper clippings, or photographs that would help the Board of Pardons and Paroles understand how the offense has affected you. Please reference the TDCJ or State Identification Number when submitting material for the offender’s file.
In order to ensure that the Board receives your input prior to voting the case, we ask that you respond within 30 days of the offender being placed in parole review (see date above). In the event that this time frame has already expired, please call our office as soon as possible. If you are a victim, the guardian of a victim, or a close relative of a deceased victim, please inform others with an interest in this offender’s consideration for parole.
For automated offender information 24 hours a day in both English and Spanish, you can call the toll free Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) number and enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If requested, the automated service can also call you when the offender is being processed for release from the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division. Please contact us for further information or to request this notification feature.
Please feel free to call us toll free at (800) 848-4284 or direct at (512) 406-5900 with any questions or concerns you may have. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. central standard time and are eager to help in any way possible. If your address, e-mail address, or phone numbers change, please let us know so that we may continue to keep you updated and informed. All of your information will remain confidential.
This notification is sponsored by the Texas VINE service. Please do not respond to the sender of this e-mail. If you would like to reply, submit information, or ask questions, please forward your response to the TDCJ Victim Services Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela McCown, Director
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Ste. 265
Austin, TX 78757-6899
Fax: (512) 452-0825
“The information contained in this electronic mail and attachments is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s) and may contain confidential, privileged, or proprietary information. Any other use of these materials is strictly prohibited. If you have received this material in error, please notify us immediately by telephone and destroy all electronic, paper, or other versions.”
All of my information has been sent in already, and so the parole board knows my wishes about my son’s up coming parole hearing, which actually isn’t a “hearing” like you go stand before a judge or the parole board, what actually happens is that one to three members of the parole board reviews the paperwork sent in both pro and con and reviews your prison record during the time since your last review. How many rules infractions has the inmate been involved in? Have they taken educational programs? What good deeds have they done, if any? And trying to determine what is the chance of them re-offending? And taking into consideration how full the prisons are and do they need to empty beds at this time.
In Texas the only persons who actually have legal rights to speak to the parole board are the family of or the victim themselves, but most inmates who can afford it, or their families can afford it, if there is any slim chance they can get out will hire an attorney to present a professional parole packet, complete with letters from the family of the inmate, telling how they are going to help Junior go straight this time and provide for his welfare. Give him a place to live, so the State doesn’t have to bear that expense, and so on.
Seldom does an attorney get hired to protest the parole of the inmate, and especially protested by their own family. I’m sure my mother has hired him an attorney to try to get him out on parole, as her only wish is that he get out of prison and come live with her before she passes from this mortal plane. My only wish is that he not get out before both his brothers and I have passed from this mortal plane.
It’s stressful every time it comes up and this time in particular it was very stressful for me, literally resulting in a round of bad health for me both physically and emotionally, but I am getting myself back together, ” using band aids and duct tape and bailing wire.” I have no doubt that if he ever does get out and I am still alive or his brothers are, then there will be major trouble. I think I can keep him out of the state of Arkansas legally, but that doesn’t mean he won’t come, it just means that he’s putting himself in grave danger if he does because my other sons and I will not be unprepared. Please keep me in your prayers.