Bexar County

Bexar County Jail Suicides: Record Numbers in 2009

Jan 20th, 2010 | By

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 | By

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 | By

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?”