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Parole Division

Warrants

The Warrants Section is comprised of the following areas:

  • Command Center
  • Extradition Unit
  • Super-Intensive Supervision Program (SISP)
  • Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program
  • Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

The Command Center is operational 24 hours per day, seven days a week and is comprised of warrant specialist and the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS) Unit.

  • Warrant Specialist are responsible for making warrant issuance decisions on alleged violations. Notification of alleged violations are received in one of the following ways:
    • Violation Reports submitted by the parole officer;
    • Electronic monitoring or Global Positioning System (GPS) alert notifications received from the vendor; or
    • Facility Reports submitted by a contracted Residential Reentry Center or Therapeutic Community Center.
  • The TLETS unit is the primary interface between the Parole Division and law enforcement concerning warrant matters. TLETS operators are responsible for entering, modifying, and withdrawing warrants on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and/or the Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) databases.

The Extradition Unit is responsible for arranging transportation of offenders being returned to Texas for a revocation hearing, and scheduling revocation hearings for offenders who are in a Texas prison unit with a parole violation. In addition, the Extradition Unit ensures offenders receive the proper time credits when they are in custody on a pre-revocation warrant.

The Super-Intensive Supervision Program (SISP) unit administers the SISP program, which is the highest level of supervision and offender accountability provided by TDCJ’s Parole Division. The SISP offender is monitored by GPS technology, which allows the parole officer to track the offender’s movement throughout the community on a continuous basis, verify compliance with a pre-approved curfew schedule and, in some cases, pre-approved routing. Each year, the parole officer reviews the offender’s case and submits a transmittal for special condition withdrawal consideration to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The offender remains on SISP until the Board of Pardons and Paroles withdraws the condition, or the offender discharges the sentence.

Electronic Monitoring (EM) Unit administers the EM program. EM augments the supervision of an offender by monitoring compliance with a pre-approved curfew schedule. Offenders who have the special condition are monitored with Radio Frequency technology and have a transmitter attached to their ankle and a Home Monitoring Unit (HMU) placed in their home. After sixty days, offenders are reviewed for recommendation to withdraw the special condition. As with the SISP and all other special conditions, only the Board of Pardons and Paroles has the authority to withdraw the condition.

The DNA unit collaborates with the following:

  • TDCJ - Correctional Institutions Division medical staff to ensure DNA is obtained prior to the offender’s release on parole or discharge of TDCJ sentence. 
  • Texas county jails to ensure DNA is obtained prior to the offender’s release when Parole in Absentia
  • Correctional institutions in other states to obtain DNA for Texas offenders who are serving a sentence in another state.

Lastly, the Warrants Section prepares performance measure reports for the Legislative Budget Board concerning specific types of warrants, and the HB 1112 Unit tracks warrants and to ensure the division remains within the guidelines mandated by law.

For more information, contact Warrants:

Lela Smith
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5398
Fax: (512) 406-5355