Court Ruling Prompts Texas Parole Board Change

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 5:09 PM CDT
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Court Ruling Prompts Texas Parole Board Change

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Impacted parolees were never been convicted of a sex crime.

The Texas parole board has started removing the sex offender status from thousands of parolees who've never been convicted of a sex crime.

The policy change stems from a recent Texas appeals court ruling.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that as many as 6,900 parolees could be affected.

Some had been caught urinating in public years earlier, for example. Others faced sex-related charges from an angry ex-spouse who later recanted.

For years, state officials have fought in court against giving parolees a hearing before deeming them as sex offenders.

But a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling in May has changed everything. It said the parole board can't brand a prisoner as a sex offender without a conviction for a sex-related crime.

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