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COVID-19 Is Pummeling Crowded Texas Jails, Including In Bexar County

There have been 326 total positive COVID-19 cases in Bexar County's jail.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

As COVID-19 rages and populations rise, jails are struggling to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. And when they do occur, facilities have trouble keeping sick inmates separate from others in the general population. 

Local jails across Texas are filling up with inmates ready to be sent to state prisons. At the Bexar County Jail, nearly 400 inmates set to be transferred to the state system have yet to be picked up. What's the issue? 

How many positive cases have been reported in San Antonio-area jails? What's being done to contain the spread of COVID-19 among inmates and staff? Are jail outbreaks a threat to the outside community?

What rights do inmates have amid the pandemic? What kind of treatment are they receiving when ill? 

How have local and state jail operations been otherwise affected by the public health crisis? What strategies could be implemented to improve the status quo?

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, August 5.

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.