When Our Correctional System Fails to Correct
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
June 25, 2007

As a County Commissioner observing an acute jail space shortage, I am reminded of a legislative experience I had in the 1980's, being short on prison space. I did not stay in the House long enough to attempt to craft a solution to prison space shortage, but I know the job is beyond any one person. But I am in my ninth year on Commissioner's Court and will continue to be for at least three and a half years. So I have time to roll up my sleeves and get to work, no matter the seeming impossibility of this task!

Remember every 400 inmates costs Bexar County taxpayers $8 million and we regularly have 4,000 inmates which costs us $80 million annually. Here of late, we have had 4,400 to 4,600 inmates. This is expected to cost us $90 million annually. Spending all this money would be worth it if inmates were being corrected.

Consider:

Treating Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems

Saving Taxpayer Dollars

Strengthening Families and Communities

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