Parole revocation proceedings for Texas offenders have reached a 10-year high, even though actual revocations continue to drop as officials employ alternate strategies to keep ex-convicts on the straight and narrow, the Houston Chronicle reports. In the just-completed fiscal year, 21,642 paroled offenders either had hearings to determine whether they violated parole by breaking the law or went through formal revocation hearings. That was up from 18,391 the previous year.
Actual revocations have decreased, agency spokesman Harry Battson said, as officials sentenced violators to short-term stays in intermediate facilities or ordered them to attend substance abuse sessions. Agency officials also heard promising reports on expansion of a program for parole-eligible sex offenders. As many as 27,000 of the state’s approximately 152,000 inmates are serving time for sex offenses, and even more are imprisoned for crimes that had a sexual component. Board member Corinth Davis said that 2,795 of 2,830 inmates enrolled in a new nine-month program for medium-risk offenders had successfully completed the program.