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Bexar County

A Death Row for San Antonio

Jun 15th, 2010

Recent findings by two separate review panels revealed that the Bexar County jail staff was not following state rules on inmate medical screenings, signaling troubling problems that must be addressed quickly.
Obtaining accurate medical information when a prisoner is jailed is vital to the efficient and safe operation of a detention facility.



Black Marks Against Bexar County Jail

Feb 25th, 2010

For too many, abuse at the hands of authority begins early. For Jimmy Aldana III, now at Bexar County Jail awaiting trial on charges of burglary and possession of marijuana, it started at Victory Field Correctional Academy in Vernon, Texas, where he was incarcerated for three years.



Bexar County Jail Suicides: Record Numbers in 2009

Jan 20th, 2010

In the early evening of March 31, 2009, San Antonio author, one-time Green Party candidate, and animal lover Harlan McVea opened a packet of mustard and began to write his suicide note. He was beginning a familiar descent into the hellish chills, cramping, and nausea of drug withdrawal. Though he preferred methadone, which he bought from friends in various drug-treatment programs, the 31-year-old McVea had been unable to score the previous week.



Bexar County Jail Falls Flat Again

Jan 10th, 2010

The Bexar County Jail failed its annual inspection for the sixth time in eight years — for reasons ranging from overcrowding to low water pressure and broken intercoms. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the state agency charged with overseeing detention centers, noted seven “areas of non-compliance” in its report, which was released Friday after a three-day inspection.



Bexar County Maintains Inmate Family Ties

Feb 17th, 2008

Inside a stark, gray waiting room in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center a sign reads, “Thank you for visiting the inmates.”
About 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 31 children, many dressed up for the occasion, slowly arrived with moms, grandparents and other caretakers. They ranged from infants to age 15, though most were preschoolers or kindergartners.
A women bent down and asked her toddler son, “Are you ready to see daddy?”