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Bexar County Jail

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the executive order regarding in-person visits on Friday.

The restriction does not apply to visits by an attorneys meeting with clients or visits by religious leaders.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is trying to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the county jail. Temperature checks, new medical facilities, policy changes and even a new partnership with a civil rights group are some of the many ways the jail has confronted the growing problem.

Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

As of mid-April, almost two dozen detention deputies, several civilian employees and almost a dozen inmates at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials. It’s the latest turn in the story of how the pandemic has affected sheriff's deputies and the county jail’s inmate population, changed the jail's daily operations and reprioritized who stays behind bars and who does not.

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend nearly all aspects of life. While residents practice social distancing under a shelter-in-place order, what impact is the public health crisis having on Bexar County's criminal justice system and jail?

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Bexar County will test a new drug treatment program for county jail inmates that uses a medication that costs $1,000 a dose, but members of the county’s Joint Opioid Task Force think it will be worth the expense.

Bexar County is seeing the emergence of more specialty courts that target specific populations and offer offenders a rehabilitative path forward.

Sheriff Salazar speaks at a press conference following the accidental releases of two inmates.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

After two inmates were mistakenly released from the Bexar County Jail within 24 hours of each other this week, Judge Nelson Wolff is calling on the sheriff to hire a new jail administrator.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Eight inmates in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center who were unable to afford bond or bail are being released with the help of the Texas Organizing Project.

Carson Frame / TPR News

So far in 2017, two people have committed suicide while incarcerated at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced Monday that a team of four deputies will help patrol the jail and screen at-risk inmates.

Bexar County has been detaining undocumented immigrants for the past 12 years at the request of the federal government. However, local taxpayers have been footing most of the bill.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says that with all the rhetoric that’s going on around the nation from the President on down to the Governor over so-called 'sanctuary cities,' we don't know how far this thing is going to go and how much burden is going to be put on us.