The Jail is Short-Staffed.
Over 200+ Officer Vacancies.
Detention Officers are overworked and in danger.
16 “erroneous” releases from the county jail in 2019.
Are we safe?
On December 12, 2019, two Sheriff’s Deputies were brutally assaulted by inmates at the short-staffed Bexar County jail. One of the detention deputies was stabbed in the face and before that, another deputy was attacked, resulting in a broken leg that required reconstructive surgery.
- The Sheriff is working Detention Officers overtime to fill staffing gaps. His mismanagement regarding recruitment has brought us to this crisis point, and things have to change.
- It’s time for the Sheriff to take staffing at the jail seriously. With over 200 vacancies, the jail is becoming increasingly dangerous for detention officers, inmates, and ultimately, our community.
- Staffing issues may also be responsible for the fact that we had 16 “erroneous” releases of inmates at the jail in 2019, an unacceptable number, as there should never be erroneous releases.
- 2019 also saw 9 inmate deaths, including three suicides.
The Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County (DSABC) believes that the Sheriff alone is at fault for this staffing crisis that’s resulted in over-worked and over-stressed deputies who are having to do an already tough job in increasingly dangerous conditions.
The Commissioner’s Court has done their part and given the Sheriff a budget that would allow him to fully staff our jail. But the Sheriff is not doing his job, which is to fill these positions and reach out to the community to recruit quality candidates.
Don’t you think it’s time for the Sheriff to finally take staffing seriously and fix the never-ending problems at the Bexar County jail?
Let your County Officials know that you support Sheriff’s Deputies and want to keep our community safe by fully staffing our jail.
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