A major improvement project is now under way that will expand Bexar County jail services.Bexar has also been a leader in diversion programs for the mentally ill. At least one Texas county seems willing to think outside the box ... er, the cell ... when it comes to reining in incarceration costs.
A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday ushered in phase 1 of the $57 million improvement project at the Adult Detention Center.County officials said two former Toudouze warehouses will be renovated for office space. The offices will initially house pre-trial services, re-entry services, and video visitation with inmates and their families.
Additional services will be added to the office space gradually over time."All of the services we will be providing here is an effort to try to help people and to get them to be good citizens, rather than just locking them up and making them a worse person," says Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Bexar jail improvements focus on services, diversion instead of warehousing
Instead of constructing more jail beds to warehouse prisoners, Bexar County is forging a path that I hope other jurisdictions will follow, investing in programming to safely divert and/or rehabilitate offenders. Reports KSAT-TV: