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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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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.  

Just west of downtown San Antonio, the Bexar County jail looms like a fortress. It's a seven-story building of stained concrete floors, white cinder block walls and brown heavy steel doors that shut and lock with a certainty. It’s an unforgiving place, but it needs to be. It’s built to hold not-nice people against their will.