Sheriff Making Jail Changes Following State Inspection

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says his officials have begun making additional changes at the county jail following a routine inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The Commission's most significant recommendation is to no longer allow civilian employees to handle intake and release duties, saying those duties should be reserved for sworn deputies.

The jail has had three mistaken releases of inmates this year.. A jail administrator has been suspended and other changes are being implemented, after Salazar said his jail "should be at least as safe as Costco," pointing out that you can't walk out of the discount chain without first showing a receipt for your purchases, and it's not too much to ask that inmates not walk out of the jail without officials checking to make sure they are being lawfully released.

Salazar said civilians have handled intake and release for more than twenty years.. He plans to reassign the civilian employees and he does not expect layoffs.

The Commission also recommended changes to inmate recreation practices.. Three inmates briefly escaped from a recreation area at the jail last year.

When the full report is available it will be released to the public, Salazar said.

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