An inmate in the Bexar County Jail died in his cell today, and Sheriff Javier Salazar says the death is an example of why bail bond reform is badly needed, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Jack Ule, 63, was being held on $500 bond on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass.
Officials say the death does not appear to involve foul play, and appears to involve an 'ongoing health issue.'
But Ule is the second Bexar Jail inmate in a year to die behind bars while being held on a minor charge, simply because he couldn't afford minimal bail.
“In my opinion, this inmate should not have been in jail. The Adult Detention Center should not be used to house the mentally ill or those who simply cannot afford to pay their way out. I will continue to work with District Attorney Joe Gonzales and Judge Nelson Wolff on a long term fix," Salazar said.
IMAGE: BEXAR COUNTY SHERIFF