Programs at the Bexar County Jail

Life Skills and Recovery
  • 12-Step Spirituality
  • AA and NA Meetings
  • Anger Awareness
  • Avoiding Violence
  • Character Development
  • Chemical Addiction
  • Family Violence
  • PREP Parenting
  • Re-Entry Curriculum
  • Young Offenders Orientation
M.A.T.CH./P.A.T.CH. Programs

Mothers and Their Children/Papas and Their Children

The goal of these programs is to strengthen the parent-child relationship during parental incarceration, and to motivate incarcerated parents towards healthy lifestyle changes. This is done through participation in parenting/education classes, and parent/child contact visitation sessions.

  • Detainees are screened by the classification department for program eligibility.
  • Parenting, Self-Esteem, Health, AIDS Awareness, Life Skills, Assertiveness, Substance Abuse, Stress Management, Child Development, and Cultural Diversity are some of the classes participants must attend.
  • Detainees participate approximately five (5) hours per week to earn a bi-monthly one (1) hour contact visit with their children on Thursday evenings.
  • Detainees must maintain good behavior in the classroom and in their living unit.

Social Services

The goal of this program is to help the detainee maintain ties with their relatives and/or other necessary contacts during their incarceration. This is done through conveying emergency information to the detainee and/or assisting with contacting relatives in and out of town.

Other services offered include:

  • Act as a liaison between the detainees and their families in emergency situations.
  • Notarization of internal/external documents.
  • Distribution of hygiene and stationary product to indigent detainees.
  • Serve as a liaison between the detainee and other organizations and agencies (e.g.: U.S. Military for Veterans).
  • Provide referral services to detainees and their families.
  • Network with other social services agencies.

Re-Entry Program

The Re-Entry Program assists mentally ill detainees transition back into society when they are released from Bexar County Jail. Re-Entry Specialists advocate for the mentally ill by contacting community agencies that provide services and linking them together.

The Re-Entry Specialists’ duties include the following:

  • Assess the needs of the mentally ill detainees while incarcerated to prepare them for a successful transition into the community.
  • Refer unstable mentally ill detainees to the medical department for psychiatric services.
  • Educate mentally ill detainees about their illness and medications.
  • Coordinate with community agencies to ensure that mentally ill detainees have met their eligibility requirements for services.
  • U.S. Military Liaison for incarcerated Veterans.
  • Coordinate interviews for rehabilitation programs CENIKOR and the H.O.W. Foundation.

Chaplaincy Services

The goal of the chaplaincy is to facilitate the spiritual, emotional , and personal transformation of those incarcerated. Services include:

  • Worship services
  • Prayer groups
  • Bible Studies
  • Pastoral Counseling

Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah Witness, and Muslim services offered.

Education Classes

Offered: English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Education Development.

There are three (3) principle goals for detainees in the GED program:

  • Increase one (1) grade level per month of instruction in reading, writing, and math.
  • Pass at least two (2) phases of the GED examination, with an ultimate goal of completing all five (5) GED examinations.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) participants will have a 70% master of learning objectives.

Computer Skills Classes

There are two different types of courses offered to detainees who are interested in learning basic computer skills. Classes offer hands-on instruction, and are designed to help even the most computer illiterate. Classes are also designed to help improve job skills and life skills.

Courses include:

  • Computer Literacy Lectures: Understanding the history of computers, the functions of programming, and the major components.
  • Computer Software Application: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office Workgroup: Word (Word processing); Excel (Spreadsheets); PowerPoint (presentations); and Access database.

Vocational Training

Landscaping and painting classes are provided to detainees wishing to learn a new skill or trade that will enable them to find employment after their incarceration. Two private entities, Verme Landscaping and Pittsburg Paint companies, extend an opportunity for detainees to attend a course in the jail which provides them with a “hands on” real world experience and a certificate of completion.

Law Library

The Law Library is intended to provide all detainees with the opportunity to make contact with the courts through personal legal research.

  • Librarian and staff provide detainees access to the courts and research on legal issues pertaining to their case.
  • Access to the General Reading Library.
  • Provide notary services.
  • Liaison with the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Instruct cadets on detainees’ right and privileges.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office

  1. 200 North Comal Street
    San Antonio, Texas 78207
    Administration: 210.335.6010
    Non-Emergency Dispatch: 210.335.6000
    Emergency: 911