"Kevin, I knew from the day we met that I had made the right choice. I will definitely recommend you to everyone I can...I cannot begin to express my deepest gratitude."

J. Solis- September, 2012

"Mr. Stouwie, I want you to know that my loved ones and I are very satisfied with your services. In my opinion, everything you did was perfect. You went above and beyond in your efforts to gain my freedom. I thank you for never giving up on me."

G. Flores - August, 2012

"Thank you so very much for winning my freedom back...My whole family says thank you as well...We made it!"

T. Morris - August, 2012

"Thank you for your hard work. I'm very grateful for having my son back."

M. Nguyen - June, 2012

"I'm stuck on WOW!!! During our interview, we discussed not expecting a miracle this go around. Repeat offender, two 18 year sentences, running cc, and you made my first parole! I'll be serving right at two years on this. UNBELIEVEABLE!...I'm just so grateful to you and your office for helping me gain my freedom...Nothing I can write on this paper could begin to express my gratitude."

Catherine B. - April, 2012

"I was granted the FI-2 and of course I am overjoyed and I want to thank you for all your assistance...I will recommend your services to others who may need trusted assistance in their (parole) review process."

T. Chau - March, 2012

"Thank you for all your help! May your family be blessed and you law office prosper and succeed. My freedom is precious and I shall not take it for granted."

​B. Henderson - November 2011

Attorney Kevin Stouwie chooses to focus his law practice on representing Texas prison inmates seeking early release through parole because he believes people can learn from past mistakes and society as a whole benefits when former inmates receive opportunities to build new lives.

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Texas Parole Attorney

Fighting to Reunite Families Throughout Texas


Understanding Parole Eligibility

The complexities of Texas parole law can have very real consequences for inmates and their families.  These laws govern not only when an inmate becomes eligible for parole but also the factors that the parole board panel members must consider when making a determination. Understanding these factors is important.  In fact, many attorneys who practice criminal defense have hired Kevin Stouwie to serve as a consultant to advise their clients before they plead guilty and go off to prison.  This helps ensure that the inmate knows what the guilty plea will mean when viewed through the parole law lens, and what steps to take to build a positive case for parole long before the inmate gains eligibility. At the Law Office of Kevin Stouwie, we help inmates and their families understand the process and confront it in a practical and goal-oriented way. Kevin Stouwie advises clients about all the actions they can take to prepare for parole eligibility and personally advocated to the voting panel members to secure a favorable result.

When Does an Inmate Become Eligible?

Before an inmate has a chance of winning parole release, he or she must serve enough of the sentence to be eligible for parole consideration:

  • Many inmates become eligible for parole after serving approximately 10% of their sentences, but no longer than 15 years. Good behavior credits may decrease this amount

  • Inmates who remained fugitives for a period of 12 months or more prior to arrest must serve an additional three years for ever 12 months they remained as fugitives.

  • Inmates convicted of certain violent or sexually motivated felonies or other first-degree felonies must serve at least half of their sentences, but no more than 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

  • Repeat felony offenders must serve no less than 35 years before becoming eligible for parole. Good behavior credits cannot decrease this amount.

  • An inmate who received a life sentence must serve at least 40 years before becoming elgible for parole.

What Does the Parole Board Consider?

In determining whether to release an inmate on parole, the voting panel must decide whether the inmate has progressed to the point that he or she can sagely and productively reenter society. The parole panel must believe that the inmate is willing and able to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen and that arrangements have been made for the care and employment of the inmate. In evaluating these matters, the board may consider numerous sources of information:

  • The nature of the offense
  • Support or opposition from involved parties and victims
  • The percentage of the sentence served
  • Past criminal arrest and history
  • Number of prior incarcerations
  • The inmate's participation in prison programs and his or her program of institutional progress
  • The inmates's age

Contact a Texas Attorney Dedicated to Parole Board Advocacy

Gaining freedom on parole in Texas requires a lengthy and earnest commitment from the inmate and his or her family. At the Law Office of Kevin Stouwie, we give inmates and their loved ones the tools and information they need to highlight the positive aspects of their cases and increase their chances of winning freedom. Call our office today at 855-727-6533 or contact us online to schedule an initial meeting. We offer free in-office consultations to families of inmates and other interested parties and can also visit inmates in custody for a low fee.