They will consider his entire criminal backgrounds as well as the facts surrounding the current case. He is more likely to make first parole with a parole than without one.
Although I have answered the question to try to help you, you should consult with a lawyer in your area in person on the matter. In addition, my answer does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us.
Save your money on hiring a parole attorney b/c the parole board is going to do whatever they see fit and they really don't give much (if any) weight to what a hired parole attorney has to offer. You mentioned he has a prior from ')7 but w/o knowing the disposition of that case (conviction, deferred, dismissed..) it's hard to say what the parole board will recommend. If this is the first attempt ever at parole, after looking at the entire criminal history, the board will make their recommendation. If no priors, no problems while in jail, doing every drug/rehab class offered in TDC-then yes, he SHOULD make parole but again without all the facts it is difficult to predict. The inmates entire history is considered as well as how they are doing while in jail. Best of luck!
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