Programs at the Bexar County Jail
Adult Detention Center Programs & Services
The Bexar County Adult Detention Center offers a variety of educational and religious programs to detainees. A list and general descriptions of the classes and services that are offered can be downloaded in the Jail Programs & Services PDF (2018) / Servicios y Programas Carcelarios PDF (2017) Listed below are a few of the classes offered. Review the Jail Programs & Services booklet for complete information.
About Offered Classes
- Classes are for both men and women, unless otherwise noted.
- Depending on housing location, classification, and disciplinary status, individuals may or may not be eligible to participate in programming.
- Classes are subject to change due to volume and demand.
- Certificates are awarded upon completion of most classes.
The Bexar County Adult Detention Center's Education Services section offers a broad spectrum of classes that assist incarcerated men and women struggling with academic and behavioral concerns. Our Education Services staff is committed to improving the lives of detainees so that they can reach their full potential academically, behaviorally and socially.
The MATCH/PATCH Program serves to maintain and strengthen the bond of the incarcerated parent and her/his children through educational classes that enhance parenting and life skills.
Law Library Services
The Law Library exists to provide access to the courts. It is available upon request to all incarcerated individuals. The libraries maintain current legal material by updating legal resources and monitoring changes in the state and federal statutes.
The Bexar County Sheriff 's Office had over 50,000 bookings in 2016. The BCSO simply does not have the resources to assist everyone in the jail. Therefore, the Re-entry Program developed a new process based on the Vera Institute Model to assist in determining who is at most risk to reoffend and provide them with in-house programming that addresses their specific needs.
The mission of the Social Services section is to provide for the basic needs of the incarcerated person.
Chaplaincy services provide pastoral care to the incarcerated men and women in both facilities. This includes spiritual direction and pastoral counseling especially during critical times such as family bereavement and/or serious illness. Individuals may request pastoral visits at any time during their incarceration.