Debra Bone

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Debra Bone has been with Bill Habern and David O’Neil since 2004. Due to her vast experience and knowledge regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice–Institutional Division and her personal experience with a loved one who was incarcerated and successfully completed his parole, she provides a unique insight into this article and service that the firm provides. She began her career with what was then known as the Texas Department of Corrections in June 1986 as a corrections officer at the Darrington Unit. In her career, she has worked in various positions in security as well as being the first woman in field security to carry a squad outside the compound that would make way for others to do the same. She has worked on several units throughout Texas with various custody and security operations. She was promoted to Classification Case Manager at Jester III and later transferred to the new maximum security Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas, in 1992. Debra was selected by the Unit Warden to be a part of a special committee that looked at several ways to enhance security operations. Due to reductions in force, Debra left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a brief time and returned to the Robertson Unit as a Council Substitute, working as an advocate for the offender in the disciplinary process. In January 2000 Debra left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and moved to the Huntsville area in 2001, where she continues to live.

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Going to Prison in Texas in 2015, Part 2
Saturday, October 10th, 2015

IV. Some Special Considerations for Women

In the men’s units there are gangs, which we will discuss later. Women have their form of gangs too, but more often women gather together in groups based on relationships.

Going to Prison in Texas in 2015, Part 1
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published in the Voice more than 20 years ago.